Characteristics Of Gandhi In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Hero. There are several diverse definitions of this powerful word but what is its true meaning and who is fit to be called a hero? What characteristics or qualities must that individual possess, and retain throughout their life time; from the minute they begin to make a difference to the end when they no longer exist in our world. A hero is……. a being who is idolized for his/her courage, outstanding achievements, or impact on society. A man by the name of Mohandas Gandhi was indeed a hero. This brave man not only led the civil rights movement in India but became a beacon of hope for others he influenced. In the fictional universe, Atticus Finch, a character in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird , is a man who also deserves to be called a hero…show more content…
Just like Gandhi made a movement without violence, Atticus Finch did as well. This man didn’t hurt a single Negro or a white person when he wanted to show that race meant nothing in the times before the court trial. When someone made prejudice remarks, he didn’t react in ferocious way, but instead, he kept it all in his mind, building up thoughts to a conclusion. According to BBC.co.uk/ethics, “The aim of non-violent conflict(or ahimsa) is to convert your opponent; to win over their mind and heart and persuade them that your point of view is right.” Atticus tried to win over the mind and heart of the jury (white farmers) with a very convincing testimony to change their point of view and to see Tom Robinson as a man, not a colored man. In the movie The Help, Skeeter wants to write an article about what it’s like to be a black maid. She wants to hear their thoughts, and their view on life. A black maid by the name of Aibileen Clark is the first to be interviewed, and then later, her friend Minny Jackson helps out. With the help of “the help”, pages and pages of mistreated people were printed. The book surely got everyone’s attention, especially the white who began develop a different idea about blacks after having their eyes opened by the book. The group that made the book acted in a non-violent way, not injuring people they…show more content…
The great-souled-one was thrown in prison for long periods of time. When Gandhi was in his twenties, he faced ridiculous discrimination for being an Indian in South Africa. According to Time.com, “he was kicked out of the first-class section of a train — despite having bought a ticket for it — after being told, “This is for whites only,” according to Ramachandra Guha, the author of Gandhi Before India”. Mohandas was beat up several times. Gandhi survives many assassination attempts since a lot of people didn’t agree with his movement such as the British government or Muslim leaders. His whole life was basically surmounting over obstacles that were constantly being hurled at him. Atticus similarly had to bye-pass many different challenges. Many people spoke crap about him standing up for a negro by calling him a n*gg*r lover and other hurtful words. Specifically, Mrs. Dubose was a person who insulted him the most but Atticus always showed respect to her just like a gentlemen. Atticus is always faced with a mob that was prepared to hurt him real bad if it wasn’t for the bravery of his daughter. Those two heroes, Gandhi, and Atticus faced challenges from society. Atticus and Mohandas Gandhi are also very respected by the ones who agree with their movement. Once the trial is in over in To Kill A Mockingbird, all the blacks stand up as Atticus passes to show a sign of respect. In India, all of
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