Innocent In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A young lady committed a crime; a victim was involved. Her father witnessed the unspeakable act, and punished her to teach a lesson of consequences. The father realized the casualty would make his daughter’s shameful ways known to the community. In an attempt to save her from her sins, he found a different story. One where the victim was the real offender, because his daughter was innocent. This is an event that took place in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. It may not seem familiar, because it’s placed at a distinct angle, Bob Ewell’s. He pointed the blame in a different direction, and the innocent Tom Robinson, was found guilty. The community lost the little respect they had for Tom and didn’t give him a chance, simply because they refused…show more content…
Throughout the book, Atticus shows respect to everyone. Scout mentions how she’s noticed his respectful manner in the courts and at home. He treats Mayella with respect at the trial, even though she’s the opposing witness. Atticus also shows great respect for Calpurnia across the entire book. After Scout says Calpurnia likes Jem better than her, on page nineteen, Atticus says they wouldn’t last a single day without her. He talks about how she’s become a part of the family and has earned his trust. In turn, she respects and trusts him. She shows it by taking good care of him and his children. When Walter comes over to their house, a place is cleared for him to join them. Atticus begins a conversation with him “he and Atticus talked together like two men, to the wonderment of Jem and me. Atticus was expounding upon farm problems” (18). Atticus treats him like an equal;he treats him with respect. Atticus has treated the Cunningham’s well, and in return they’ve gained deep respect for him. Atticus treats others the way he wants to be treated. He leads by example to teach this to his children. Respect also leads to other lessons. An example occurs when Jem and Scout find out about Mrs. Dubose’s past addiction and recent death, “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. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (93). Atticus has so much respect for Mrs. Dubose, because of her courage. Even though she was said many terrible things about him, she was still a human. She had her own problems: she had an addiction and was nearing death. Atticus having Jem and Scout read to Mrs. Dubose, showed them how brave she was and helped them understand her better. They
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