Harper Lee magnificently explains the complex meaning of courage in her timeless novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ In ‘To Kill A Mockingbird‘ the theme of courage is developed through the characters Atticus, Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley to define the true meaning of courage. Atticus has a thorough understanding of courage as it is depicted through his decisions and actions. The most prominent example of Atticus’s courage is his dedication to improving inequality in Maycomb. In a town where racial segregation is eminent, Atticus defies town customs and defends a black
At first he does small things like fixing Jem’s shorts and putting little surprises in a hole of a tree trunk. To later, puting around Scout when there is a fire at Miss Maudie’s house. The best thing he does and what gets him the title of a mockingbird is when he saves the lives of both Jem and Scout. Though, he ends up killing the towns resident villain. “I never heard tell that it’s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being commited, which is exactly what he did, but maybe you’ll say it’s my duty to tell the town all about it and not shut
For example, Scout never considered Boo Radley as a person. She even participated in acting out his story with Jem and Dill. When Atticus saw them doing this, he advised them to try to see life from another person’s point of view instead of making judgements. When Boo Radley finally got out of the Radley Place to save her and Jem from Ewell’s attack, had a small talk with her then disappeared there again, she managed to understand how life is to Boo. She could finally see him as human being.
From this we can see that Scout learned from her experiences and mistakes, which in this case was going to the Radley Place without permission, and developed a sense of empathy. Similarly, on page 321 Scout says “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” This exhibits how Scout developed her moral compass through past experience because Scout puts herself in Boo Radley’s shoes and thinks about the past. She has flashbacks of Jem, Dill, and herself throughout the year and their
. . . [I]f you have, as it were taken ‘a vow of poverty’, renounced control, and take your delight in things for themselves without reference to yourself, watching, observing, and to some extent knowing, then the question of the rights and wrongs of power might become utterly meaningless to you, and the means of power quite valueless. It is a natural pacifist view, which always arises in the mind when there is war.”5 He appears primarily in three chapters of The Fellowship of the Rings when he saves the hobbits from the Old Man Willow, gives them shelter in his house for couple of nights and saves them again from the barrow-wights.
Atticus, Jem and Heck Tate all show wisdom in certain situations. I believe that Atticus Finch shows wisdom in the Novel by participating in Tom robinson’s trial. Not a lot of white men at that time were willing to stick up for a black man, let alone defend him in court. The trial was Tom Robinson (a black man) against Bob and Mayella Ewell, a white family who claims Tom raped Mayella. Everyone knows that the Ewell’s will win, because it’s a white family’s word against a black man’s.
Although the closing arguments in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “A Lesson before Dying” are extremely unique from one another, they both involve racism. Causing many similarities and differences to occur in the diction, tone, and persuasive techniques used, by each lawyer. For example, in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” the lawyer, Atticus Finch, presents a trial where white is against black. The defendant has barely any chance of being found not guilty, so the lawyer’s closing argument needs to be convincing, powerful, and straight to the point. As well as, in the book “A Lesson before Dying” the lawyer takes a case where the defendant is black and the plaintiff is white.
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the small city of Maycomb, an interesting town with quiet folk, and a place where prejudice and racism run high. The people of Maycomb accept classical Southern traditions and have no desire to change their ways. In this city lives Atticus Finch, a middle-aged lawyer with two young children. Atticus challenges the racist traditions of Maycomb by defending Tom Robinson, a black man, and treating everyone with undeserved respect. Through his humility, wisdom, and courage, Atticus demonstrates a strong commitment to morality and desire to establish justice in his community.
Mr. Atticus Finch is not only an upstanding lawyer but a caring and loving role model for his children Jem and Scout. This all occurs in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus isn’t your normal Alabamian. He doesn 't believe in society 's belief that African Americans aren 't equal to whites. This is why, as a lawyer, He defended Tom Robinson, a black man who was convicted of something he didn 't do.
Simpson was guilty (Gregory 1). Americans were completely spilt based on race and it is because the meaning of the trial varied between the races. To white Americans this was a double homicide were two murders must be brought to justice to black Americans this was this conspiracy for the character assassination of O.J. Simpson and way to bring down someone who was symbol of black success in America. When the jurors were a majority black they ruled not guilty and when the jurors were a majority black they convicted Simpson(Enomoto).