By this definition Atticus Finch is definitely a hero, he is always courteous of others and is a gentleman through and through. Judge Taylor expresses this thought during the trial when he claims “Atticus is always courteous to everybody” (Lee 207). This quote shows that Atticus is polite even to those he is cross-examining, when most lawyers are ruthless. Atticus is also a man who is kind at home as well, when nobody is watching. “For once in his life Atticus’s instinctive courtesy had failed him” (Lee 306).
This is why, as a lawyer, He defended Tom Robinson, a black man who was convicted of something he didn 't do. The Case was lost the second it started. But, it makes sense for Atticus to defend Tom because he is a man of selflessness and integrity. The first reason it makes sense for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson is that he is a selfless person. If he hadn’t of defended him, he would have been going against his own morals and beliefs.
Many heroes are brutal in order to show their manliness or strength. Bilbo was strong because of his good heart and mind. He showed his kindness through his generosity, his level head, and his loyalty. Many would believe Bilbo agreed to the quest because of the treasure he knew he would receive. He did indeed earn the treasure, but out of the goodness of his heart, Bilbo heroically gave up all of it and shared with the people in need (44).
He is also one of the best lawyers is the county. Atticus is the most courageous character because He defended Tom Robinson (a black man) even when he was almost positive they would lose. Atticus is pretty much his own definition of courage, he said that “courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through, no matter what”. Atticus went against everyone and defended Tom.
But she said he took advantage of her, and when she stood up, she looked at him as if he were dirt beneath her feet.” This shows that in that town and age, many people were rude and took advantage of people in order to get a step ahead. According to a resource from cliffnotes.com, it states “Atticus believes in justice and the justice system. He doesn 't like criminal law, yet he accepts the appointment to Tom Robinson 's case. He knows before he begins that he 's going to lose this case, but that doesn 't stop him from giving Tom the strongest defense he possibly can.”
Atticus is intelligent because he's a lawyer which he says “ every lawyer gets at least one case”. He can read really well and he's very smart. Being non racist or not racist is something a lot of people weren't back then but Atticus wasn't and was a good man for it. He defended a black man because he's a lawyer and wanted to defend an innocent man.
He had no judgement, and was willing to listen and save a life when no one else would. Although he wasn 't super important in the themes, he was important in the non-guilty plead they ended up with in the end of the story. In conclusion, both Jury 3 and 9 where signifiant in the story 12 Angry Men. They both brought signifiant themes and plots to the story, some more important then others but each significant in its own way. Without jury 3, there wouldn 't of been a big enough conflict for the story to be interesting.
He treated them all equally and gave them respect despite their social background, their race and ethnicity, and their income. Atticus will always be tied to a sense of justice because he is a lawyer. Throughout the book we see two sides of Atticus: one side is in touch with the law, while the other turns a blind eye to the law. Although Atticus is a lawyer it is implied that he did not enjoy the field of work and was forced to take Tom Robinsons case. As mentioned previously, his family did not fully support is decision to take the Tom Robinson case.
He deserved respect for enduring all of the discrimination. The trial was unfair because the bias opinions out numbered those who wanted truth and justice. Some of the people of San Piedro were more satisfy to wrongly accuse a man for murderer just because that man was another race. They did not have enough to be swayed to say the man was guilty. They simply wanted him guilty.
I think this transparency is what it means to be a man today. In a society where everything is often secretive and “low-key”, a real man can speak his mind or do what he wants and hold himself responsible. This confidence and unapologetic attitude in what you believe in is what creates a persona of being honorable. Many men cannot say they will stand up and for what they believe in and openly support/advocate for
According to the Webster’s dictionary, a hero is defined as a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. Atticus Finch defines heroism as “when you know you’re licked before you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” Atticus was the only one that stood up for Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape. He did it, because he knew it was the right thing to do, even though there was a large possibility that he wouldn’t win the case.
Paul Bratter is a young lawyer. Very proper and dignified, he always knows the right thing is say. He is very pratical, and keeps his emotions in check, perhaps too much. As Corie thinks he is a watcher, not do-er. Where he watches other people do, instead of being a do-er.
From both these readings one can conclude that both of these men had great intentions. In my humble opinion one can’t contrast the conclusions, as the conclusion in both these scenarios is justice, there’s no denying that. But the reader can contrast the way both MLK and Socrates used just obedience to arrive at the conclusion of justice. Socrates seems to be more of an individualistic character, as he had no one group behind him that he was fighting for. He uses his words and his honesty to achieve his justice, he takes every advantage of this one true opportunity he has before the council to voice his opinion.
The right’s of Atticus choosings In my opinion Atticus did do the right thing in fighting for Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was against the word of two white people with a heavy case; but Atticus did it all out of the kindness of his heart. Atticus wanted to change the way people thought about the colored people “simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (lee. 101). Atticus knew it would be tough because of the heatless town of Maycomb; but he knew all the facts, and was willing to give it all he had to try, and get Tom Robinson out of this mess. He believed that if he didn't defend Tom Robinson he could not hold his head up to the town and he certainly couldn't tell Jem and Scout what to do anymore.
From the beginning of the story “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Atticus has taught the young children in the story many lessons regarding the current situation they are encountering at the moment. One of the lessons Atticus taught was not to judge someone until they have walked in that person’s shoes. This lesson shows up numerous times throughout the book and movie of the story. Although the movie has a clear explanation of the teaching, the book has exceptional storylines following the lesson Atticus taught Scout. When the Finches had Walter Cunningham over for dinner one night, Scout was appalled by the way Walter was eating his dinner.