Fair Beliefs Of Atticus Finch In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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The Fair Beliefs of Atticus Finch Would you do something, knowing full well it would put your family in danger, even if it was the right thing? Atticus Finch did this in the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” when he was called upon to defend a black man accused of rape. Instead of saying no or just not defending the man at all, he decided to take the scrutiny and face the town he lives in. He believes that when he does this, he will be setting an example for others, and his children. This is because if Atticus Finch would be known for anything in his life, it would be that he lived by the golden rule. He knows that if he didn't, he couldn't be the father he wants to be. Scout and Jem are Atticus’s children whom he cares deeply for. He may not …show more content…

To treat others how you want to be treated goes a long way to Atticus, even if he gets nothing in return. “Jem, see if you can stand in Mr. Ewell’s shoes for a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at the trial… So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that's something Ii'll gladly take”(Lee 292-293). This quote says a lot about the way Atticus thinks and acts. He knows that taking Bob Ewell’s threats with nothing but kind words gets him nothing, but it gives someone else something. He knows that Bob Ewell will only hurt someone else if he can't hurt Atticus, so he takes it to save another from harm. Atticus has an unwavering belief in saving others at his own risk, even if he has the choice not to. “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're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”(Lee 148). When Atticus takes the Tom Robinson case, he knows that he will lose. The town is just too racist to be convinced that a black man is innocent instead of a white man. Yet with Atticus’s belief of the golden rule, he believes that showing the town an unbiased opinion could be one step closer to ending racism. Taking these steps, no matter how small, is what Atticus wants to accomplish in his life. To have a fair world where white …show more content…

That beliefeve that putting others in harm’s way would cause his actions to be unjustified. “Heck? Atticus Finch. Someone’s been after my children. Jem’s hurt… I can't leave my boy”(Lee 353). This is near the end of the book when Jem and Scout are assaulted by Bob Ewell. Atticus can be blamed for this because he caused Bob Ewell to lose his credibility. Yet Atticus can’t truly be blamed because he didn't think Bob Ewell would go so far as to hurt children. Atticus might not have went against Bob Ewell in the court because he doesn’t think any man is capable of hurting children. Atticus might still have taken the case if he knew this, bnut he should would have known to better protect his children. “Simply because we’re licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try and win”(Lee 101). This shows how Atticus will fight to defend what is right, even when he is prepared to lose. Atticus knew what he was getting into, and he wouldn't have done it if he wasn't confident in the safety of his

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