Justice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Lauren Yee

Mrs. Christopher

Honors English 1

October 29, 2015


Justice. A simple word, a big meaning, and a powerful value. Atticus Finch, a lone man in the world of a prejudice society shows the value of justice by standing up for what he believes is right. Atticus is a fatherly figure in the town of Maycomb who teaches his children what justice is, by choosing to defend Tom Robinson in court. Atticus stays true, and continues to defend him even when most of the people from the prejudice town of Maycomb opposes him. Harper Lee the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" helps teach a valuable lesson through the life and teachings of Atticus. Lee sets her story in the heart of Maycomb, where a poor dirty white family accuses a
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Atticus tells this to his children to teach them that people are human, and it’s hard to get them to change. “The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience” because it “aggravates them” and “when they don't want to learn, there's nothing you can do...” Despite the majority opinion and rule, one might feel differently. The majority rule cannot be changed, but as a person, one can change by how they respond to it. Atticus feels that arresting Tom was wrong, but chose to stand up and defend him despite the town’s discrimination and prejudice. Atticus stays true to his values and good morals even when the town of Maycomb doesn't see…show more content…
I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again.” Atticus believes standing up for Tom and representing him in court is right. In his heart there is not room for prejudice, instead respect and true value shines through. Another way Atticus shows his good morals is when he defends Tom Robinson in court. Scout says: “Atticus had used every tool available to free man to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret court of men's hearts Atticus had no case.” Atticus had shown every reason why Robinson is innocent, even though the discrimination of the judges think otherwise. Atticus does not treat this case differently because Robinson is black, he treats this case like any other. Atticus earns Tom's respect by showing him
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