Modern heroes are ordinary people that improve their environment by doing actions most people don’t think to do. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee contains this concept of modern heroes. Lee’s novel is about a young girl’s coming of age during the 1930’s. Racism is a part of the southern white culture at the time. Her father Atticus Finch plays a large role in her morals and shapes the way she narrates the book. Atticus is undoubtedly a modern hero of whose actions reflect what all modern heroes do (to some extent). To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee teaches readers that modern heroes frequently commit good acts as opposed to one grand gesture as proven by Atticus promoting good morals, not seeking revenge, and calling for change. Atticus …show more content…
When defending a black man in court, Atticus says, “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women-black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men” (273). This public defense of minorities is not a seldom action for Atticus. He takes his community members and even his own family mistreating him for defending a black man on nearly a daily basis, but still does it. Due to the fact he is a modern hero, all modern heroes should exhibit this. Another time Atticus demonstrates this is when the trial in which he is defending a black man is drawing to a close. When Atticus is pleading to the jury he makes this statement regarding fairness, “I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of [G-d], do your duty” (275). This seems like standard closing remarks but in this context, it means to judge the case without the racism one would expect from an all-white jury. This is a public defence of minorities, once again, a repeated event by Atticus. Seeing that this is regular behaviour for the prime example of a modern hero proves that all modern heroes commit small acts consistently, to a certain
Click here to unlock this and over one million essaysShow More
Courageousness is evidently shown throughout Harper Lee’s famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Out of the plethora of brave people, Atticus Finch and Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose are whom I believe to be one of the most heroic characters. Their valiance plays a huge role in the main storyline as it creates more depth in all of the characters. In Harper Lee’s book, there is a character, Atticus Finch, who is a caucasian lawyer as well as a single father of a daughter and son, Scout and Jem, that are around the age of 10.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, tells a story about a lawyer going through a journey where he faces many difficult tasks. My hero, named Atticus Finch, decided to defend the black man named Tom Robinson. Many people in the story wanted to kill Tom because of revenge. However, Atticus tries to prevent Tom’s death, even though Tom’s death was inevitable.
From the late 1870s through the mid-1960s, Jim Crow laws affected many African Americans. With these laws, blacks were given very limited rights and were often victims of unfair judgment. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, a highly educated lawyer, gets a case where he needs to defend a black man named Tom Robinson. Atticus faces many challenges, including judgment from the white community in his town and questions from his kids about the trial. Atticus demonstrates moral integrity, bravery, and empathy in response to conflict, which connects to the idea that one should achieve social justice by following morals, taking a stand when no one else will, and understanding other people’s perspectives.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, figuring out the true protagonist is can be difficult because there are so many characters that could be the protagonist. Some people might say that Scout is the protagonist because she is the narrator and also the main character, but that does not make her the protagonist. The next thing that someone might say is that Jem is the protagonist because he changes so much, and he becomes more responsible, choosing to do the right thing more often than not. In reality, the true protagonist is Atticus, and this is because he is the one who tries to pass his values of right and wrong on to Jem and Scout. Atticus always does what is right, regardless of what other people think.
Though people are fond of Atticus himself, his decision to aim for Tom Robinson’s justice causes discomfort, “ ‘Lemme tell you somethin’ now, Billy’ a third said, ‘you know the court appointed him to defend this nigger.’ ‘Yeah, but Atticus aims to defend him. That’s what I don’t like about it” (186). The quote exposes that everyone understand the fact that he is assigned to the case but do not understand as to why he is so intent on proving a black man’s innocence. Since Atticus exceedingly expresses his thought on Tim’s innocence and involves so much of himself in the case with a black person, he obtains negative feedback and gets called a nigger-lover.
He uses this by saying “ there is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie =, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire.” By saying this Atticus is forcing the jury to feel compassionate because they realize their own fault. Atticus also says “All men are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and the distaff side of the Executive branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us.” When Atticus says this it reminds the jury to have compassion because all men are created equal. Even the black
(Lee 144). Another example in chapter 23 is when Atticus tells everyone that even though the jury was filled with ordinarily reasonable men, sometimes things get in the way of that reason. African-Americans have had struggles when compared with whites. Atticus says, “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t 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 295).
Atticus is a lawyer defending a “nigger” Tom Robinson. Tom was accused of raping Mayella Ewell. The Hero’s Journey is a prominent theme in To Kill a Mockingbird because the Finch’s made a huge impact on someone’s life that only a hero could do. The Hero’s Journey
A court is only as a sound as it jury, and a jury is only as a sound as the men who make it up….” (Lee 274). This quote explains a reason, Atticus did help a black man in front of many. If he did not want things to be equal, then why he would help him in the first place. Another example Atticus said, “A nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don 't mean anything—like
Every day in our lives, heroes are all around us. They may not be what society tells us is a hero, like Superman or Batman. They do not wear fancy costumes or have super powers. But these heroes change the lives of the people around them, for the better. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird is the charismatic, understanding father of Scout and Jem Finch as well as a hard working lawyer in Maycomb County, Alabama.
“‘Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks’” (Lee 259). On pages 258 and 259 of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem mentions that he believes there are four different types of people. The ordinary kind, the kind like the Cunninghams, the kind like the Ewells, and the Negroes.
Through Atticus, the author presents an argument for equality and racial tolerance. All black people were categorised in this era; they were seen as aggressive, untrustworthy and inhuman. This is completely different
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird famously said in his closing arguments: "You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some negro men are not to be trusted around women- black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and no particular race of men." (pg 232) What Atticus is trying to convey is a foreign concept to most people in Maycomb county. Atticus is trying to convey a point of equality and no prejudice in a world of social inequality which, as one can imagine, didn 't go over so well.
In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee presents a large social atmosphere that includes many different cultures and extremes. The story takes place in the southern town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. This novel illustrates how the southerners perceived different ideas about each other and social norms. It is told through the eyes of a young girl, Scout Finch, as she is growing up and becoming influenced by societal attitudes. Throughout the course of this book Scout learns many lessons including: how a society functions, why there is conflict between different cultures, and what makes cultures different from each other.