Though he is criticized by some and his family is taxed by the situation, his decision to defend Tom was the wise thing to do. Yes, his family was mentally and physically changed by the incident, but he also changed Maycomb’s outlook on racism and destroyed the reputation of disgusting people. Sometimes casualties must be sustained to change something. Racism was a larger problem and drawbacks on his family were too little.“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash” (Lee Cp. 23).
The quote has a lot of different meanings, but what Atticus meant was that everyone knew Bob Ewell is violent towards his children when he's drunk. Bob Ewell doesn't want to be put in jail, so he blames it on Tom Robinson a crippled black man. There was no point in having a trial knowing that Bob Ewell is abusive and Tom Robinson is a cripple. Also, Atticus is wise to defend a black man knowing that no matter what race he is, he's the same as any white man out there. In the courtroom, he states that, “There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal…” (274).
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.” Maya Angelou, civil rights activist. Throughout the semester we ready many different books; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, To Kill a Mockingbird, a Holocaust book of our choice, and The Merchant of Venice. Each story was about a different topic. One thing that relates them all is the Prejudices shown throughout all four stories. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, prejudice is shown only a few times in the story.
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach” - W. E. B. DuBois. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a book written by Harper Lee, about a lawyer named Atticus Finch and his two kids Jem and Scout. They live in Maycomb County, a small town in Alabama where they battle the harsh affects of racism on society. Atticus Finch is the type of parent who treats his children as responsible adults. He gives them valuable advice, allows them to make their own decisions and use him as a role model for their own lives.
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.
If someone went against all the social norms today to protect the wellbeing of someone else, or to do what is right, would it be considered courage? Harper lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, told a story of two children and their father’s battle to win equality in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Jean Louise, also known as Scout and her brother Jeremy, or Jem, witnessed their father, Atticus Finch, fight society to earn Tom Robinson freedom. When Tom is accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell, Mr. Finch is chosen to represent him in court because he is the only man in Maycomb who sees him as an equal. In To Kill a Mockingbird Lee shows us many examples of her idea of courage; Atticus saves from the mob, as well as representing him in court, and Boo Radley saves Scout and Jem.
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the small city of Maycomb, an interesting town with quiet folk, and a place where prejudice and racism run high. The people of Maycomb accept classical Southern traditions and have no desire to change their ways. In this city lives Atticus Finch, a middle-aged lawyer with two young children. Atticus challenges the racist traditions of Maycomb by defending Tom Robinson, a black man, and treating everyone with undeserved respect. Through his humility, wisdom, and courage, Atticus demonstrates a strong commitment to morality and desire to establish justice in his community.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird is a timeless, touching novel. The novel was set in the Great Depression in Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the novel, is faced with an extremely difficult trial. Atticus was chosen to defend a black man, Tom Robinson that was accused of raping a white woman. Atticus not only had the trial to worry about; however he had two children, Jem and Scout, that he has to raise on his own.
During the trial in the book to kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee. The Lawyer Atticus Finch uses rhetorical appeals such as ethos, logos, and pathos tap into the jury's sense of ethics, logic and emotion to convey Tom Robinson, a black man, is innocence in a rape case. Atticus uses ethos many times throughout his closing argument, His most powerful ones are “I would like to… remind you that this case is not a difficult one… but it does require you to be sure beyond all reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant”. This makes the jury think again because Atticus is forcing the jury to look in at their own morals when he says to be sure upon all reasonable doubt. Atticus also says “i am confident that you gentlemen will review without compassion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family.
Atticus decides to take the case in defending a black person, something nobody in the town would have done. Most of the residents of Maycomb do not believe in equality and have hatred towards black people. If an African-American is charged for committing a crime, he is automatically believed to be guilty because of their skin color. Atticus says, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” (39). To clarify, Atticus took the case because he believes there is a chance of Tom being innocent.
Lee. He became a role model for many blacks in the county after being the first African-American in the county to register to vote. Lee and another grocer started the local branch of the NAACP to help fight rampant racism and corruption in the local government. Most African Americans were barred from voting due to poll taxes and even if they could pay them, most blacks were still denied. He knew that only by voting could they change the situation in the south.
Taking place in the south beings meaning to the book because when Tom Robison is convicted and tried guilty, it emotionally affects the reader. Especially because he is a black man and was innocent in the first place. Setting the book in Maycomb, being a very isolated town, is important. Maycomb was kind of off the grid, this way, Jem and the other characters weren 't affected by worldly issues. Everyone knew everyone.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus as well as other characters throughout the book offer many tips of advice on life to not only the characters in the book but also to real human beings. Atticus experienced a difficult case where he was a defending a black man that was guilty before stepping into the courthouse. As this event was going on, Atticus gives advice to his kids and how life can be seen from a different perspective by stepping into someone else’s shoes. To people reading this book, all the events that unfold and the advices many characters give should be of great importance. They show that racism comes from those of evil and that hatred is inhuman.
Sometimes it is best to understand the law first before obeying it. When one thinks a law is unjust, they will go out of their way to go against it and do something about it. At a certain point, one doesn’t have to act accordingly to what they don’t believe in, but they can’t do whatever pleases them. There has been many controversies involving the act of non violence civil disobedience. Although most feel like breaking an unjust law might be the best solution to what they think is right, in reality, I agree to the fact that people are afraid to face the consequences that are given after their actions.
Atticus alludes the jury to two of the most famous men in the era. When Atticus is saying this to the jury and everyone else he is saying that not everyone will play the role that they are given. Just because Tom Robinson is African-American doesn’t mean that he is bad and will do unlawful things. Another example of allusion is when Atticus is asking Mayella about what Tom Robinson did to her. He says, “It 's not an easy question Miss Mayella, so I 'll try again.