Examples Of Atticus Ambition In To Kill A Mockingbird

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If you were faced with an impossible feat would you give up or keep trying? The story of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is told through a young girl named Jean Louise Finch although she is more commonly known just as Scout. The book discusses heavy, real world problems such as racism and abuse through the eyes of a young girl. Atticus shows ambition throughout the book when he stands up for Tom Robinson and battles his case out to the very end. The first time we see the ambition of Atticus is on page 195. “-Don’t see why you touched it in the first place, you’ve got everything to lose Atticus. I mean everything.”(Lee,195). This excerpt is from when Mr. Heck Tate and Mr. Link Deas comes to inform Atticus that Mr.Robinson will be moved to to jail and that there will be a riot waiting for them. This shows Atticus’s ambition because he knows what the outcome of the case will be. He also realizes the backlash we will receive from the community and the blow that his reputation will be but he doesn’t care because he believes that every man deserves a chance no…show more content…
“That jury took a few hours . An inevitable verdict, maybe, but it usually takes ‘em just a few minutes’(Lee, 222). The fact the the jury took so long shows a small victory. Normally the jury doesn’t even think about it but on this case they took 2 hours. This shows that Atticus got to them and made them look at Tom just as equally as themselfs. Atticus may have lost the case but he made a small step. All of Maycomb will not change in a day, but Atticus got the ball rolling to make that change. Atticus shows ambition throughout the book when he stands up for Tom Robinson and battles his case out to the very end. He is ambitious because he never gives up even when he knows the outcome. He stands up for what he believes in even if that means ruining himself or possibly putting those around him into danger. Atticus Finch is a very determined, earnest, and ambitious
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