By choosing to defend Tom Robinson, Atticus is choosing to teach his children morals and the value of standing up for what they believe in, rather than letting them fall victim to the racist hivemind of Maycomb. When Scout asks why Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, he replies “I could never ask you to mind me again” (Lee 100). By saying this, he is telling her that he could never in good conscience have the children listen to or respect him again if he did not
King was a non-violence guy he just wanted his children to go to the same school, or his children to not see the signs and not understand why this is happening to them because it 's not fair. Segregation needs to end! We all want freedom at last! In the “Letter From Birmingham Jail” King wanted to express and protest against racism, but in a nonviolent way. Martin Luther King never wanted violence in his life, all he wanted was freedom for everyone.
Also, one day Scout, Jem, and Dill travel into town against their father’s commands, and behind Calpurnia’s back, to watch Tom Robinson’s trial. They thought that going to watch the trial would be interesting and fun. Disobeying her father is an act of immaturity. A mature child would have listened to their father because he knows what is best for his children. In addition, Scout thinks it is okay to be mean to others.
Huck Finn is still relevant today in the fact that it has a very important life lesson that everyone should know. On his adventure Huck learned not to follow the rest of society and to do what he thought was right. When Huck decided not to turn Jim in he was so torn about what to do. Of course the answer is obvious for most of us that no he should not turn Jim in however, Huck was raised in a society that pressured him to thinking that he should turn him in. Even while having been raised in this type of racist environment Huck realized he didn’t care what the “sivilized” people thought and he wanted to help Jim.
Through this, Scout learns firsthand about hatred. The experience with Bob Ewell also causes her to learn that innocence and youth are no protection against the evils of the world. If Scout were to be exposed to this in the beginning of the book, she wouldn’t have an understanding of what is going on. When she would find out Boo Radley brought her brother home, she would’ve been terrified of him like earlier in the book. Through these examples, Harper Lee shows that it is required for a child to lose their innocence when going through life, as it is part of their development as a person.
When McCandless returned home his parents expressed their fears about his dangerous, daunting trips. Although he knew the dangerous situations he was putting himself through, he didn’t want to back down to his parents, “he wanted to prove to himself that he could make it on his own, without anybody else’s help” (178). He was tired of being babied by his parents, he wanted to show them that he was no longer a boy, but a man. McCandless’ refusal of his parent’s loving advice therefore proves that he wished to be his own person, stating the actions of his trip into the wild as being sane, and a product of independence.
“No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson. This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson truly shows how no matter how hard you want to “fit in” or change something about yourself or others, you shouldn’t force yourself to change who your true character is. The character of Brother from the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, was characterized as someone who does not want to be seen as “different”. The author James Hurst portrays Brother as selfish, yet affectionate throughout the story. Through Brother’s actions and words, he is depicted as selfish, and he just wants his younger brother Doodle to be more physically active with him.
On the night when Atticus faces the lynch mob outside the prison, Jem refuses to leave his side on his father’s orders, since only a child would do so. ”He [Atticus] put the newspaper down very carefully, adjusting the creases with lingering fingers. They were trembling a little. ”Go home, Jem,” he said. ”Take Scout and Dill home.” We were accustomed to prompt, if not cheerful acquiescence to Atticus’s instructions, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging.
An oblivious father speaks lowly of his daughter arguing that she “[d]oesn't know because she’s just a child…she’ll get over it” (Prom Night n.pag.). Strong opinions are not something people can simply “get over”; nor should they want to. Not only are children supposed to strive to obtain good morals, but all people should. The authority to change another’s viewpoint derives from a solid set of beliefs. However, to acquire a sense of morality in these beliefs, one must thoroughly consider all angles of a situation to grasp a hold of empathy.