For example, at home Scout is talking to Atticus, she worries they will lose the case. Atticus tells her, “No honey… Simply because we are licked a hundred years before we started is no reason to try to win” (Lee 101). Atticus must think if he can defend a black man, maybe others in the community might treat blacks better. For instance, Scout tells Atticus how Cecil Jacobs says he “defends niggers” Atticus replies, “Of course I do” (Lee 99). Atticus took upon defending Tom, a black man, knowing he would not win the case, he knew the harsh things people would throw at him.
This lesson, is most important and extremely significant in To Kill a Mockingbird and in real life. Humans can apply Harper Lee’s idea to his or her own life when meeting new people, to working on a project or job with someone who has different viewpoints. One must place themselves in another’s position and comprehend that person’s feelings and emotions completely since nobody can fairly judge anyone without going through that
This is shown through the actions of Atticus both in and outside of the trial. Atticus tries his best to teach and show others-specifically Scout and Jem-how to judge what is right and what is wrong. First, Atticus tells Scout a very valuable life lesson. This is said when Scout was complaining to Atticus about her day at school, he said to her, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 30). Atticus is telling scout that she cannot truly judge someone's actions until she sees things from their side.
“Prejudice: To Kill a Mockingbird” Why do we judge strangers so harshly? Why is it that, when we walk down the street, we look and treat ‘odd’ people differently? Instead of giving the homeless person a wide berth when he flashes you a hopeful smile, why not return the smile, just as you would for anyone else? In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the townsfolk of Maycomb treat ‘odd’ people and African Americans with no respect or kindness. Many people are aware that Lee teaches this lesson when she describes how the white people of Maycomb treat African Americans.
After news of Atticus defending a colored man named Tom Robinson spreads around town, people think less of Atticus. Scout’s schoolmates start teasing and insulting Atticus which leads to a fight, but Atticus tells Scout that “ no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home” (Lee 79). Atticus fully understands the situation and empathizes with Scout that he understands and why she would act in such way. Atticus also knows that in the long run, it is better to prevent Scout from fighting, so he sacrifices a part of his own dignity and reputation for her assurance that all is good, even though other people may judge. The sense of caring heart and understanding for Scout that Atticus influences upon his children are in some ways a form of empathy because it is a way for Atticus to understand their situation and their hardships.
Through all of the opposition, most of the characters follow the majority filled with hostility and prejudices, but the remaining few who hold on to their personal values help to influence other characters positively for the rest of their lives. Through the many contrasting characters, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird teaches the values of courage, loyalty, and honesty. The first value expressed through many characters throughout the novel is courage. One character in the novel who showed a great amount of courage, although at first glance it may not have seemed this way, was Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose. After Jean Louise Finch (Scout) and her older brother Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem) spent a good amount of time reading to Mrs. Dubose, they both came to the conclusion that she was evil.
As Atticus’s character is the enforcer of anti-racism and proves how killing the dog was necessary in taking a step in stopping racism. Which in the beginning of the chapter ten Atticus states “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 119) What atticus is implying is that the mockingbirds are black people and they do nothing to us but sing yet they still face racism. So, when Atticus shoots the dog being like the blue jay it's more of atticus stopping racism showing how Atticus plans to try to abolish racism even by death. Racism seems to seep through one’s mind,latter burrowing into more as the idea spreads infecting the judgement of people. It's curable to an extent, but the idea can’t be stopped only unsupported by the people, people whom can look past a color of one's skin and accept them as a human being.
The novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ thinks of children as different from adults. The author directly addresses the children to have an innocent angle of interpretation and prospect that acknowledges what the adults can’t, or don’t, see. The novel correlates children with righteousness to propose that a touch of justice is inborn, and accordingly adults must have learned to be unrighteous through living