I do my best to love everybody... I 'm hard put, sometimes—baby, it 's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn 't hurt you." (124) In this, Atticus explains to Scout that he is defending Tom because he wants to and he is not ashamed of it or what anybody thinks. When no one would stand in Tom’s corner, Atticus was more than willing since it was the right thing to do.
Atticus risks his reputation by showing empathy towards the black community by trying to help their community to be treated equally, he is rewarded with empathy by telling Walter Cunningham that he does not need to pay back his debt, and his final reward of empathy is teaching Scout and Jem the importance of empathy. Atticus risks his reputation that he has built up in the caste system when he takes on the case of working to defend Tom Robinson in attempts to gain equality for the black community. He knows that by defending a black man it will bring judgement down on his family, because many of the white citizens of Maycomb are racist and disagree with his beliefs. Atticus strongly
Don’t say nigger Scout, That’s common” (75). This citation shows that Atticus is showing Scout the rights and wrongs on moral grounds. Through this quote, Atticus condemns using offensive words and defends Tom Robinson. In terms of being a father, Atticus doesn’t want Scout to use bad language and doesn’t want his daughter to discriminate anyone. This shows how he isn’t judgmental towards African Americans.
Although he is criticized and mocked by many characters in the novel for his tolerant attitude towards the ‘Negros’, people of Maycomb still respect him and keep re-electing him to be their representative in the State Legislator. According to Miss Maudie Atkinson words to Scout, Atticus is a man who does for other people the unpleasant things they have to do. He is a defender of justice and he fights for it even if
He is a man without prejudice and racial hatred and is a benevolent man of strong morals. He raise his children the way he sees right. Atticus looks into the depth of people’s character regardless of their color and looks. In the face of prejudice and strong emotions of the people of Maycomb he tries to make his own children see that it is better to use one 's head than to resort to fists. Jem and Scout have perfect confidence in their father.
They saw them as mistakes and was not afraid to fight to show that blacks were less in their minds. Although, Atticus did disagree he was shamed by others because he was supportive of a black man getting the same rights as a white man. Even Atticus’s family is getting grief from the case, “Grandma says it’s bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a nigger- lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again” (Lee, 110). It shows how many people stubborn enough to ignore the idea of Atticus supporting a black man that was highly most likely
Jem Finch was loyal to his father, Atticus. When Jem sensed Atticus was in danger, he did not leave his side even against his orders. Atticus Finch was loyal to his case in court. Through all of the pain and hatred aimed towards him and his children, he never gave up and gave his all to winning the case, even when the odds were not in his favor. Lastly, Atticus Finch and Jem Finch value honesty throughout the story.
For example, Atticus defended Tom Robinson in his case even though the town was against. This is because he thought that all people, including black people, deserved a chance to prove themselves. Also, Atticus had defended Calpurnia when Aunt Alexandra wanted to fire her; because Aunt Alexandra thought that she wasn't needed. Atticus respected Calpurnia; he even acknowledged that the family needed her. He has always been respectful of Calpurnia.
Nevertheless, Atticus knows that Tom is innocent and that he must fight for him, since no one else will. Atticus 's strong sense of morality and justice motivates him to defend Tom with vigor and determination, giving it all he 's got with one mission in mind. He wants the people of Maycomb town, whether they believe it or
Atticus states “...Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.” (Lee Page 104) By stating this is shows that Atticus believes he has to defend Tom even though the majority of the town doesn’t agree with this decision. Atticus believes that Tom is innocent and will not let Tom be convicted guilty without letting people hear the truth about what really happened. Through Atticus Finch, Harper Lee was able to display many qualities in the novel such as being ethical, reasonable, and compassionate in beliefs. Atticus is the hero of the story because he possess all these qualities and many more. When facing all of the conflict in the story Atticus stayed ethical, reasonable, and compassionate in his beliefs.
As Atticus has explained to Scout many times, Atticus values justice and equality. He also believes that everyone is equal. Just because Tom Robinson is black, that doesn’t mean Atticus shouldn’t defend him simply for that reason. As Atticus says to Scout, if he defend Mr. Robinson, then he couldn’t tell his children, Jem and Scout, not to do something. He says and does this to set an example for his children to follow, because if he expects them to do or follow something, then he must display it to them first.
He is always treating the African Americans of Maycomb County with the same, or even more respect than he treats the white people. He knows that people are all created equal, but are judged more harshly based on what they are born with. Atticus is a good man who treats everybody with the