Showing them the harsh reality of life with honesty and fearlessness. During this time the Great Depression was hitting the southern town of Maycomb. This novel compares many of its characters to mockingbirds, a symbol of pure innocence. One summer, Atticus, who is a lawyer, finds himself in the middle of a controversial case, involving a African American man, Tom Robinson and a white woman, Mayella. Despite the town throwing hatred towards Atticus and his family, he doesn’t back down because he takes pride in helping the innocent.
‘Let’s clear out,’ he called, ‘let’s get going boys.’”(206). The mob showing up to hang Tom Robinson already shows signs of a good plot and somewhat realistic conflict, but Scout confronting them is a major twist. The notion that a 9 year old girl could dispel a mob of angry, drunk men is almost unthinkable. But Scout did it, and elicits a fond response from Mr. Cunningham with him calling her, “little lady” which brings the mob back to civility. Later on, after Tom’s fateful trial, some alarming
Raymond shows an adult’s perspective of understanding the racial tensions in Maycomb, leading Scout to explore how her father is more progressive than the other adults in Maycomb. When Scout and Dill are outside of the courthouse and talk to Mr. Raymond, Scout realizes how her father is special and good. Mr. Raymond explains, “...you don’t know your pa’s not a run-of-the-mill man, it’ll take a few years for that to sink in--you haven’t seen enough of the world yet” (269). During the trial, Atticus’s tolerant attitude about race is publicly displayed, and Mr. Raymond’s words highlight how unusual this attitude is when he describes Atticus as no “run-of-the-mill man.” In sharing his wisdom with Scout, it implies Mr. Raymond is trying to help form Scout’s perspective so that she can learn from her father’s example rather than from the rest of her
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the segregated South of the 1930’s. The book is told in the eyes of an eight year old girl, Scout Finch. Her father, Atticus Finch, is an attorney who is struggling to prove the innocence of a black man incorrectly accused of rape. The historical context of the book lets one see the social status of different groups during the civil rights era. The story explores who fits into certain societies, who is respected in the community, written and unwritten rules concerning family, gender, age, and race, expectations of certain people, and what conflicts arise out of tension.
Racism means hate towards another race and injustice mean unfair treatment, according to learner 's dictionary. In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, an African american lawyer, was helping people get justice for the colored community. Another book similar to Just Mercy is, To Kill a Mockingbird, which made in 1960 was written by Harper Lee. Harper Lee addressed many issues about racial injustice too. Just Mercy was written in 2014, In modern day society, racial injustice has a big impact in this world today, as stated in Just Mercy and To Kill a Mockingbird.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Social Justice Many Authors have a way of expressing themselves through their literary works. In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee blends her views of social justice into the main character Atticus Finch. In Harper lee’s famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird social injustice is the leading problem; the main character Atticus Finch show readers how to overcome racial tension by his consideration and ability to solve problems. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents the idea that Consideration is demonstrated by when Atticus Finch deals with the problems of his Children and of his work. A good example of how Atticus is considerate is when Scout and Atticus are sitting on the swing and debating about Scout’s academic
Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus Finch is a modern viewed broad perspective lawyer who believes in integration, democracy and equality. Judge Taylor appoints Atticus to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman, Mayella Ewell. Although many of Maycomb 's citizens disapprove, Atticus agrees to defend Tom to the best of his ability. Other children taunt Jem and Scout for Atticus 's actions, calling him a "nigger-lover". Although the book is fictional,
They, along with their friend Dill engage in many adventures with the fascination of their recluse neighbor Boo Radley. In chapter ten of the novel, Atticus tells Jem, “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 90) and though some would argue that he means Tom Robinson to be the metaphorical mockingbird the evidence points more strongly to it being Scout, Jem, and Dill’s childhood innocence, this is shown in the book in the trial scene when Dill, in tears runs from the courthouse and afterward when Jem asks Atticus about the trial. The fact that the mockingbird is the children’s innocence is illustrated about halfway through the trial of Tom Robinson when Dill flees the courthouse while Mr. Gilmer is questioning Tom. Scout goes with him and they end up outside with Mr.
Many people would agree that a hero is not necessarily someone who saves lives, but someone who is courageous enough to help people in need no matter what their situation is. In the literary work, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the reader is introduced to a character named Atticus, a lawyer and a father of two children. Throughout the novel, Atticus teaches his kids, Jem and Scout, life lessons through his heroic actions. Despite living in Alabama during a racist time period, Atticus decides to full take on the task of defending a black man in court against a white woman. Atticus displays heroism and courage before, during and after the Tom Robinson trial in order to set an example for his children and the town of Maycomb.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, By Harper Lee, she tells a tragic story about a noble lawyer who takes the case of an innocent black man. In this story the individuals had to face difficult decisions, where they had to make the right or wrong choices and if they wanted to please themselves or the society. Atticus had to choose between the white community to please society or the black community to please himself; he made the right choice. Atticus made the decision to help Tom Robison, whom he was accused of raping and beating Mayella by taking Tom 's case to court and prove the he was innocent to everything he was accused for. This was shown when Atticus said, "The main one is, if I didn 't I couldn 't hold my head in town, I couldn 't represent this country in the legislature."