Without social injustice and the harsh situations created by it, humanity would have no measuring stick as to their progress forward. Despite the fact that social prejudice causes many dark tragedies, investigating the individual lights of humanity in the midst of this darkness is the best way to see how humanity as a whole is transitioning forward. One ray of light amid racial prejudice is Atticus Finch, who exemplifies how humanity’s court of law is slowly improving. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus proves himself to be a social hero when he is describing courage and his rationale for taking on the case to his children: “I want you to see what real courage is[...]It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (149). In this quote, Atticus is referring to the trial of Tom Robinson, an accused black man.
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
Ed fears he never will live up to his mothers expectations set by his siblings, so he begins to accept it and takes in all the abuse his mother gives him as he is quoted saying: "Just blame me, Ma", after he forgets to pick up a coffee table for his mother. Readers can relate to Ed through his failures in life, as disappointing your parents is something readers would try their hardest not
In a racist town during a desolate time period that epitomized hypocrisy, Atticus, an influential white citizen, proves to be an outstanding role model for people both inside and outside the book. He exemplifies empathy and moral and physical courage, giving his kids the sense of what is right and what is wrong, as well as teaching them several essential traits that will mold their lives in a positive direction. His principles indicate that several problems in society, such as racism, can be overcome, resulting in positive outcomes. Harper Lee’s highly lionized novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, illustrates Atticus as a respectful, heroic figure who is idolized by several people, especially his children, Jem and Scout Finch. Atticus teaches his children that empathy is a dominating virtue and must be emulated, regardless of what others may believe.
Some of the important things that struck me was how scout put herself into other shoes, not literally but to look and see how others lived. Also all the life lessons and reminders to be confident and brave really stuck out to me, Lots of the quotes did too. It also tells us that we are all equal in some way, shape or form, no matter our race. It also teaches us how serious racism can be like how in the Tom Robinson case how that there is no way Tom could of hurt Mayella even if he tried and this show just how far someone is willing to take a lie to get a black man in trouble, Even some of the quotes show how important racism is a huge thing, like when scout was making the snowman and how she put mud all over it. To kill a mockingbird is definitely
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel which takes place during the Great Depression, and if that isn’t bad enough, what’s worse is the amount of prejudice and injustice the Finch family will endure. Through the courage of the father, Atticus, and the teachings of the nanny, Calpurnia, Jem and Scout are able to fight this prejudice and injustice. Yet Scout is actually very young, the amount of knowledge that she has obtained from people around her about the poverty and racial differences has matured her emotionally and mentally. Atticus proves to be a truly important character in the novel. He teaches his children to accept others no matter how they seem.
No matter where they are living or what time they are living, he does anything possible to make his children be the best they can be. Even if that means he must put his reputation if jeopardy in order to defend an innocent black man. Scout and Jem learn so much from him, especially after the trial. Not only do they learn how wise their father can be, but also how cruel the community can be towards certain people. The best part is that they know they have Atticus Finch as parent to rely on when in need of encouragement and
As human beings, everyone has had different characteristics which make each individual different in comparison to others. In society, there are many role models who do things that not only benefits them but also the people around them. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the author, Harper Lee represents the role of Atticus Finch as a peaceful activist who handles situation in a peaceful and appropriate manner, unexpectedly takes the role of a widower who teaches his children important morals and values, and lastly takes the part of a role model in the community as Atticus understands gender and racial equality and has obtained an education at an early age. To begin with, Atticus is portrayed as a peacemaker who approaches situations
To begin, The change we see in Atticus’s perspective and moral values from To Kill a Mockingbird to Go Set a Watchman creates a lasting impact on how Scout sees her father who was once her role model, and the dynamics of their relationship that Scout values. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is a honorable, intelligent, and courageous. Atticus cares about the moral upbringing of Jem and Jean Louise, but he allows his children to be individuals. In addition, Atticus teaches his children multiple life lessons. These lessons range from the respect of every individual to teaching Jean Louise and Jem a sense of morality and compassion.
Atticus becomes successful in influencing his children’s thoughts and we can see this through Scout when she sends the lynch mob back. She thinks like Mr. Cunningham and makes him realize that he is an individual. This is a very interesting and strong topic and Harper Lee includes this theme in the novel for two reasons. The first reason is that she wants her readers to understand how devastating the effects of racism were in the 1930s. The second reason why she includes this theme in the book is because she wants her readers to get inspired and make a change without any
“It was summertime, and two children scampered down the sidewalk toward a man approaching in the distance,” (373). This quote takes place at the beginning of Scout’s flashback. The children of her flashback, though the reader is aware that Scout is one of the children, remain nameless. Lee does this to alert her audience that Boo Radley’s eyes are viewing this scene, not the protagonist. The diction choices progress into detail throughout the scene, allowing for strong examples of imagery with familiar scenes.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus shows traits of an excellent father. In a small, southern town full of old fashioned, narrow-minded people, Scout and her brother Jem must learn to do what is right. Atticus leads them onto a path that not everyone in the town may travel. Many people in Maycomb disapprove of his method of parenting and voice their opinion about it throughout the novel. What is popular is not always what is right, and Atticus shows us this throughout the novel.
Also, Scout demonstrates compassion for Boo Radley who is an outcast of society because of rumors spread about him. Atticus expresses compassion in To Kill a Mockingbird by acknowledging that Mrs. Dubose cannot control her actions even though she is very mean to his children. After Atticus finds out what Jem has done to her camellias, he shows compassion towards Mrs Dubose by talking to Jem about how what he did “to an old lady was inexcusable” (128). Mrs. Dubose struggled to control her morphine addiction before she passed away, causing her to act mean and aggressive towards Atticus and his children. Atticus wants his children to understand that some people cannot control their actions even though the reason is not apanent.
The father of the narrator, Atticus Finch, has become a model of morality for many readers, as well as an example of an honest lawyer. He shows human courage, which gives us the idea that Atticus is a common and inconspicuous man he is represented from the eyes of the children, who are getting some heat from all his actions. There is an idea in the novel that children have a sense of justice and become prejudice only under the influence of others. This idea comes from a lawyer Atticus, a man of honor, who is doing good although he isn’t expected to. His arguments for heroism are “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.
Atticus decides to take a case that opens the eyes of the people who live in Maycomb. A result of the case was they finally see what they have been turning a blind eye to. It is human nature to make mistakes, but that does not make humans evil, it simply means as humans grow, they learn from their mistakes and they understand what they did wrong. Humans make mistakes, but as humans mature we gain a second chance to prove that they have grown and are better. There are many characters throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird that have good intentions.