To begin with, Atticus gives great words of wisdom to Jem and Scout. One of Atticus’ s best words of wisdom, is given Scout. Scout comes home complaining about her new teacher, Miss Caroline. She explains to Atticus the chaos that was inflicted that day. Atticus, then gives some words of advice, saying, “ ‘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 39).
Finally, the most significant example of Atticus’s impartial nature occurs when Jem finds out the news that Ms.Dubose has died. Jem reads to Ms.Dubose every day as a punishment for destroying her flowers. Jem feels upset after hearing the news so, Atticus tells him the purpose of his punishment. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.
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
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch uses several forms of persuasion to convince his audience of Tom Robinson’s innocence. These forms include Pathos, Logos, and Ethos – although he uses them all multiple times, Pathos is the form that is most used. Atticus is trying to provoke guilt out of the jury, and wants them to push aside their prejudice and see the obvious fact that Tom Robinson did not commit the crime of raping Mayella Ewell. The most powerful Pathos phrase he uses is, “…the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immortal, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women – black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.
The pomegranate is also shown as a symbol in the book to represent Hassan’s loyalty towards Amir. In chapter 7, Hassan gets raped by Assef, and Amir does nothing to help him. Later on, Amir and Hassan return to the tree where Amir becomes infuriated with Hassan for not treating him the same, ever since the kite festival. On page 93, Amir says, “‘Hit me back, goddamn you!’ I wished he’d give me the punishment I craved, so maybe I’d finally sleep at night. Maybe then things could return to how they used to be between us….” This shows how Amir craves for closure with Hassan, as his guilt is eating him alive.
“Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement” (Rita Mae Brown) This quote from Rita Mae Brown is saying that even though someone will make bad judgement at some point in their life they can take that and use it as experience to make good judgement the next time. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee shows the evil of prejudice through the eyes of a young girl named Scout Finch. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Dill learns the harsh reality of the real world. Throughout the story Scout learns that there is only one kind of people through the teachings of her father. Throughout the story Jem realizes that he shouldn’t judge people until he understands them.
The virtue I value most is respect because I think that it is one of the most important and most used virtues. The meaning of respect is to admire someone or something deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements. There are many examples of respect in the book To Kill a Mockingbird like when Jem started to hit and cut all of Mrs.Dubose’s flowers and then he ended up having to read to her for two hores every day, he later found out that she was wanting to stop being addicted to her medicine morphine before she died. When Atticus went to trial with Tom Robinson he worked very hard to try to show that Tom was innocent but the jury wasn’t convinced so Tom was convicted guilty so, when Atticus was about ready to leave all
The Ballad of Atticus Finch In to Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents the idea that wisdom is demonstrated by having already experienced what has happened or what is about to happen. Social justice requires wisdom because one's self has to know what they are dealing with and how to handle it. The character of Atticus Finch displays wisdom by not picking sides because of color on Tom’s case, by understanding the money problem that the Cunnigham’s had and by understanding his physical limitations when Jem and Scout want to play Atticus is wise because he knows it is unfair to be racist in this era and definitely with the job that he has. Atticus demonstrates wisdom be telling Scout about how it is unfair to cheat a colored man by saying
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.
After the trial, Bob Ewell spits on and threatens Atticus he squelches his anger and shows empathy. Jem and Scout are scared for his safety but Atticus ensures them there is nothing to worry about and he will gladly take that from Bob. He understands what the Ewell children have to go through and letting Bob do the to him is “something [Atticus] will gladly take...rather it be [Atticus] than that household of children” (Lee 292). Atticus also shows his children his empathy for the African American community. He tells Jem and Scout “There’s nothing more sickening...than a low grade white man who’ll take advantage of [someone in a detriment]...whenever a white man does that to a black man...that white man is [reprehensible]” (Lee 295).
Also, Scout demonstrates compassion for Boo Radley who is an outcast of society because of rumors spread about him. Atticus expresses compassion in To Kill a Mockingbird by acknowledging that Mrs. Dubose cannot control her actions even though she is very mean to his children. After Atticus finds out what Jem has done to her camellias, he shows compassion towards Mrs Dubose by talking to Jem about how what he did “to an old lady was inexcusable” (128). Mrs. Dubose struggled to control her morphine addiction before she passed away, causing her to act mean and aggressive towards Atticus and his children. Atticus wants his children to understand that some people cannot control their actions even though the reason is not apanent.
One quote says, “Now you tell your father not to teach you anymore. It’s best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him I’ll take over from here and try to undo the damage-Your father does not know how to teach.” -Miss Caroline Fisher (23 Lee). The dramatic irony in the book reveals information about Scout 's situation of which she is not aware. The reader is informed of what Scout does or does not know.