Character Analysis of Atticus Finch In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is the father of Jem and Scout Finch, and one of the best lawyers in the region. The adults of the area see Mr. Finch as a humble, honest, and courageous man, but often his children do not see him that way. But when the mad dog, Tim Johnson, is walking down the street, the children see him as the adults do. The mad dog represents the evil in the world and in the community of Maycomb. The community has gone against Atticus because of the Tom Robinson case.
Since Rex is not being sensible with the situation, and is acting poorly it creates a dysfunction in the family be-cause everyone is constantly fighting. Rex is also an alcoholic which leads too many family issues because when under the influence Rex does not act like himself and starts trouble with Rose. At one point the children witness their mom hanging out of a window and she claims that Rex has pushed her out, Rose states, “ He tried to kill me,” (Walls 72). The incident involving Rose and Rex getting physical creates a stir in the family because sides are being formed and depending on which side the kids believe in it creates tension for the whole family. Therefore, creating drama because arguments occur over the topic.
The fact that even their relatives and the children are attacking the family with words and fists emphasizes how racism and racial inequality exist deep rooted in the town. Thus, Scout is directly influenced and discriminated against by racial prejudice and although she does not fully understand the meaning of the phrase ‘nigger-lover’, she is infuriated by the way people speak towards her family. However, she is yet to fully understand Atticus 's decision of fighting an undefeatable battle by defending Tom, in his attempt at fulfilling his belief of fundamental human rights and equality. Yet, by setting Scout’s position in what the black
The trial is in the summer and Atticus knows bad things will happen then because he constantly hints at it. It will be harder for the kids to go through everything that will happen as well. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Scout and Jem live with their father Atticus and their maid Calpurnia. Racism is shown in the book constantly as well as, gender, and socioeconomic discrimination. Racism is one of the biggest problems in Maycomb.
23). In conclusion Atticus’s decision to defend Tom, although dangerous, was wise on his part as described in the last paragraph. His family was put in danger, but ultimately was the right thing to do. Not only did he keep his conscience intact but he also possibly saved other black men and women from hate deaths and hate crimes. The sacrifices that he made was the right thing to do, and nothing can change
Tom is an African American man in the small town that was accused of raping a white woman. He was accused of this crime by Mayella Ewell who comes from a family that faces prejudice themselves by the rest of the town because they are viewed as “trash” themselves. Since Tom is black, he is automatically viewed by the town as guilty. Tom is viewed as trash by the people of Maycomb, particularly Mrs. Dubose. In Chapter 11, Mrs. Dubose tells Jem and Scout that their “father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (Lee 135) This quote shows that Mrs. Dubose views Tom , especially him being black, as trash.
You couldn’t even bear any cars any more. I got feeling so lonesome and rotten, I even felt like waking Ackley up.”(Salinger 50). This is what causes people to be depressed, having problems with nobody being with you to help. Being at this emotional state makes Holden to be emotionally unstable. For example, sometimes he is unreasonably aggressive, shouting at Sally or trying to punch Stradlatter, at the same time being quiet and unconfident, not contacting with Jane.
In the book A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, my favorite character is Owen Meany. I admire the way he cares about his friends and is willing to do anything for them. He is concerned about John coming to Vietnam. To avoid this, Owen cuts off John’s finger so he cannot go into the war. This would be difficult, but he loves John and wants to protect him.
Racism is a horrible thing but in Maycomb Alabama, it was at it’s peak. Misjudging people is something that happens so much in Maycomb it’s crazy but, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson get it the worse out of everybody. Boo Radley is like a shadow in the night and never comes out during the day or the night. He sits at home all day everyday gazing at Jem and
The reason why Atticus defended a black man and did what most everyone would never think of doing is because of justice and civilly going against the norm. The character, a lawyer named Atticus, also endangers not only his own life but his family's, by defending a Negro. He believes he is protecting an innocent man. Even though he is black. Atticus could not live with himself if he failed to give his utmost effort in clearing the accused, Tom Robinson’s, name.