What Is Conforming To Society's Standards In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Not conforming to society's standards. This is something people have struggled greatly with since the beginning of time. Why does it seem that so often we let what society says is right dictate the way we see the world? Why do we let others viewpoints control our actions? Harper Lee gives the reader a lot of insight into how these issues have been present in our society throughout the years. Taking these issues straight on through the unbiased innocent eyes of a young girl in the 1930’s is very beneficial to the reader in understanding the issues that were present at that time. Seeing the characters development and how they reacted to these issues in their time helps the reader understand more about the issues we have in our society today and…show more content…
If Atticus wouldn’t have stood up for Tom Robinson and refused to take the case then the people of Maycomb never would have seen a change in the way they thought they would not have even questioned whether or not Tom was guilty. Atticus’s failure to follow the social norm created a small ripple of change in the sleepy southern town of Maycomb. In a time and…show more content…
Scout held Atticus in the highest esteem. At the beginning of the novel Scout was a very headstrong, tomboy, who tried to solve everything with her fists but when asked by Atticus to stop fighting her respect for him made her walk away from a fight something that the reader knows took a lot of willpower and courage for her to do. “Somehow, if I fought Cecil I would let Atticus down. Atticus so rarely asked Jem and me to do something for him, I could take being called a coward for him. I felt extremely noble for having remembered...”(Lee, 77). Being called a coward was probably the worst insult young Scout could imagine. It really shows her maturation and her love for Atticus when she says that she was okay with being called a coward for
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