Throughout the book “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Jem and Scout learn about respect from many different people. Such as, their father Atticus, Mrs Dubose who is a morphine addict, and Tom Robinson who is a respectable black man, on trial for a crime he did not commit.
We live in a society today where judging others is a regular, everyday activity. Many people may blame a significant amount of this issue on the excessive amount of technology we have access too, but this problem has been around for much longer. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it shows the ugliness that can come from judging others, but it also teaches two young children, Scout and Jem, to listen to others, so that you can have the opportunity to learn from them. Throughout the story many characters were able to demonstrate this lesson for the kids, but three that were true examples of it were Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch and Boo Radley. With only aiming to stand up for what they believe in and not worrying what everyone
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch exemplifies open-mindedness because of his attempts to understand others. A primary example of Atticus’s open-mindedness is seen when he is sitting on the porch with Scout after her first day of school. As the two discuss Scout’s first day at school, Scout tells Atticus that she disapproves of her teacher, Ms.Caroline. Scout tells Atticus that Ms.Caroline told her that Atticus should stop teaching her. After a long pause, Atticus offers Scout a piece of advice.“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,” Atticus confidently assured.Atticus constantly tries to understand situations from both perspectives
To Aristotle courage was the greatest quality of the mind. He placed such high value on courage due to the high moral character it shows. However, just as powerful as the moral character is the mental urge to act on your conviction against social and moral adversity. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the courage of many characters is tested under different circumstances in the small town of Maycomb Alabama. All of these acts show moral and social courage.
Censorship is an extremely debated topic in America, with people saying it contradicts with what the Bill of Rights has allowed the American people and how it may deny people use the Freedom of Speech. Yet, the censorship of books in American public schools is one of the most controversial topics today because of the use of racial slurs in classic literature, this is the case with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Opinions on this topic vary, with some of them being: schools should have the right to censor books because they have racial slurs in them, schools should have teachers open up a conversation about race and the use of racial slurs with these books, or schools should not have the right to censor any book. I firmly believe that schools
His method of teaching is a way for him to instill virtue into his two children. An example of Atticus’s process is when he encourages Jem to stay calm and refrain from anger. To make his children better people Atticus says: “‘...hold your head high and be a gentleman...it’s your job not to let her make you mad’” (Lee 133). The behavior of Atticus’s children is a result of his advice. For example, Scout is able to understand people and their motives at a young age. Scout’s comprehension of adults progresses through the novel as readers see her develop. One example is when Scout empathizes with Boo and his family. Scout realizes that Boo has a disability, which is why his father makes him stay inside the house. Scout also makes the following observation: “...Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they hadm but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion, obliquely expressed, that the longer a family had been sitting on one patch of land, the finer it was” (Lee 173). The previous quotation is another instance that Scout fully comprehends
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. This saying is true in many cases and happens to be true in To Kill A Mockingbird. Throughout the book you see children of characters start to grow up and act like their father. This essay will be looking at three families in To Kill A Mockingbird, the Finches, the Cunninghams, and the Ewells. These three families are key examples that a father’s influence has a significant influence on the character of his children.
Atticus stands up for what he believes in in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, even if his opinion is generally disagreed with; which is reflected greatly in his children as they learn to become part of society. He stands up for what he believes in by defending Tom Robinson even when the odds are stacked against him, and making Jem read to Mrs. Dubose even if she says awful things about him. These actions define Atticus’s character and shape his children into becoming the people they are. Atticus stands up for what he believes in by defending Tom Robinson and making Jem read to Mrs. Dubose; which influences his children become better people.
Most people try to have good morals, adults trying to raise kids are a perfect example. That's exactly what Atticus is doing in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There are many instances where Atticus is showing extraordinary morals for himself and his family. Some would be dealing with hate the right way, another would be representing a black man in a time where segregation is very alive, lastly is making sure his family is religious. Its very clear that all of these traits/morlas are extremely important to Atticus.
On top of the Tom Robinson vs. Mayella Ewell case, Scout deals with more confusion and frustration of her own brought on by racial discrimination. The lynch mob that tried to kill Tom Robinson while he is held in jail had obviously already falsely decided the man’s fate before he was even put on trial (202-207). Atticus already knew that Tom Robinson is innocent and is outraged that a Bob Ewell would do this to such a good man just because he was able to. “There’s nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s ignorance.” (296) This takes place in the discussion after Atticus’s harassment by Bob Ewell which included Miss Maudie, Scout, Jem, and Atticus. What Atticus says is yet another example of Robinson’s false accusation of rap against Bob Ewell’s
Her teacher, Miss Gates, comments on how terrible prejudice against Jews is and that no one should ever be put above Jews. However, the hypocrisy is evident when she talks badly about Tom Robinson because he is black. Scout describes the scene to her brother Jem when she says, “I heard her say it’s time somebody taught ‘em a lesson, and they were gettin’ way above themselves[...]. Jem, how can you hate Hitler so bad an’ then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home-” (Lee 331). Since Miss Gates hates Hitler while being prejudice against race in her own community, she acts as if discrimination against blacks is second nature and does not consider it to be a morally incorrect idea. Scout is witness to this and begins to understand that Maycomb’s preconception about blacks affects her education by demonstrating a hypocrisy that can influence children in the town. She uses this experience to further develop an opinion on equality between all races as she discovers the accepted black discrimination compared to other discriminatory
However, it is not just shown towards black people, but also white people. When Atticus is making his closing remarks to the jury about Tom Robinson, he tries to get them thinking. He says, “Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, 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 me. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire" (Lee 232). Another example of people showing racism, is when Mr. Dolphus Raymond explains to Scout and Dill why he lets people believe he is an alcoholic. “I try to give ‘em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason. When I come to town, which is seldom, if I weave a little and drink out of this sack, folks can say Dolphus Raymond’s in the clutches of whiskey-that’s why he won’t change his ways. He can’t help himself, that’s why he lives the way he does” (Lee 228). . A final example of social injustice because of someone’s race is when Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to her church, where it is all black people. When they
Likewise when Uncle Finch hits Scout without hearing what she needs to state, her side of the story he condemns without endeavoring to look for reality. The novel presentations to us that are it little or substantial occurrences alike one should attempt and endeavor to see both the sides of the story before passing judgment on anything. The significant distinction amongst equity and in all actuality equity is influenced and changed in view of the partiality and biasness of the general public while truth is the impartial, unaltered realities about what really happened. Judgment is absolutely the aftereffect of the equity framework and the discipline given ought to mirror the wrongdoing. At the point when the equity and truth are as an inseparable
“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).
Atticus had many good qualities that he tried to pass to the two youngsters, but egalitarian, tolerance, and respect were the ones that were demonstrated through Atticus’s actions. Egalitarian was a characteristic well exhibited during the first part, since the first part was about preparing the reader for the Tom Robinson's trial in which Atticus was the defense lawyer for the young, black man. This equality aspect did not only exhibit through Atticus taking the job as the defense lawyer for Tom Robinson but by the respect, Atticus had for Calpurnia. When Jem invited Walter to eat with them and Scout called on Walter for spilling syrup all over his food, Calpurnia excused Scout and scolded her for embarrassing Walter. Later on, when Jem and