How Does Atticus Finch Use Social Norms In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Social normalities, stereotypes , conformities, are all words to explain the categorized groups and expectations certain people are supposed to hold and exploit. To Kill a Mockingbird has a very strong message relating to going against these social normalities, one person especially, Atticus Finch. However, there are many people not only in this book but also all around the world who are standing up against these norms. One of these people was Asa Philip Randolph, a human rights activist. Both Atticus Finch and A. Philip Randolph are men that challenged these so called social norms when they stood up for civil rights Atticus FInch was a lawyer that tooks the case of an African American man accused of rape in the time of the Great Depression. He explains his main reasons for taking the case, ‘For a number of reasons,’ said Atticus. ‘The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again…Scout, simply by the…show more content…
However he in the mind of the African Americans Atticus was a wonderful man, the church even said, “‘We were ‘specially glad to have you all here’ said Reverend Sykes. ‘This church has not better friend than your daddy.” (163). What the Reverend Sykes was telling Atticus’s children was that Atticus was helping free one of their dear friends so they considered him a dear friend too. According to the Reverend not only was Tom Robinson (the man accused of rape) a friend of the church’s but Atticus was too, they were very grateful for Atticus for he had the choice to take this case and he took it. By defending Tom, an African American man accused of raping a white girl, Atticus challenged the social norms and he fought for Tom Robinson because he thought it was the right thing to
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