Jones supports Atticus’s honest nature by saying that, “Reflection gives us humility, forces us to confront our own frailties and limitations; and compassion helps us love…”(Jones 152-153). In this situation Atticus has to confront his lawyer and father side; however, his decision tells readers that he still cares about Jem through his honest nature. Ultimately, Atticus would rather tell the truth and put his son on trial rather than let lies fester and develop into rumors in the small town of Maycomb because it is the right decision to
When Bob Ewell spat in his face and Atticus reacted very mature to show Jem how he would not let that get to him. To begin, Atticus was firm and fair. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus is seen as a powerful father figure in his children's lives. In addition, his steady presence keeps the children grounded. As Atticus was speaking to his kids he says “ You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 30.)
The color of one’s skin determined who was guilty and who was innocent. The Ewell’s were lucky enough they were white because the color of their skin was the only reason their words were able to overrule Robinson’s. Although Tom is the innocent one, there was no way of his side winning, even having one of the best lawyers, Atticus Finch. This creates an illusion because even though Atticus seemed he was going to win, with his strong points made in the courtroom, the Ewell’s were still stronger for the color of their skin. Atticus seemed to have had a lot of power because he was known as a great lawyer but even he knows there was no way of him winning the case.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, there are many examples of the themes of individuality and belonging. Atticus Finch is definitely a perfect model of personal integrity and individuality, as he fights for the innocence of Tom Robinson, falsely accused of rape, as well as his own beliefs. A good example of this would be when Jem makes the observation of his father, Atticus, as he realizes, "It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived," (Chapter 11). Jem believes his dad is a hero in his own right because of his moral commitment to the law and to justice. Atticus goes against the grain of the majority that would rather see Tom proven guilty for a crime he did not even commit.
He is specifically focuses on the development of honesty, courage, and humility. One of the most prominent character traits that Atticus tries to teach Scout and Jem is honesty. During the Robinson case, Atticus utilizes, yet also intentionally abandons, the rituals that he follows in his daily life in order to make the real truth of the case known to Judge Taylor, the jury, and the crowd. When interrogating Mayella Ewell about the abuse she experienced, readers are able to see that he acts like a gentleman, which is a ritual he follows daily, and tries to show her that he wants the real truth out of her, not what Mr. Ewell forces her to say. The Harvard Law Review “Being Atticus Finch” expands on this idea, saying, “He is friendly and polite to a fault, but Mayella is right to be suspicious: as his cross-examination of her soon reveals, his affability is also part of his professional technique.
Many literary works portray growth or refinement of certain characters; physically, mentally, or emotionally. For example, Jem Finch, the gullible child who believed his society was flawless, isn’t the same person by the end of the novel. In her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates Jem’s maturity through his behavior and speech. To begin with, Jem exhibits his maturity through his actions. Lee demonstrates Jem’s advancing age when he tells Atticus about Dill hiding in their house.
This shows that Huck’s moral values are more in tune with making the right choice than society’s. On their journey, Jim even tells Huck that he is the best friend he had ever had (Twain 72). Huck might break the law, but he selects that option over condemning his friend to a lifetime of unhappiness and
Saqib Anees Mr. Groh English 2/Period 3 January 17, 2018 Huck Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Final Essay In the book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn is a teenage son of an abusive father whose inner morals develop throughout the novel primarily by the lessons that he learns while trying to free a slave named Jim. Huck experiences many situations that involve the concept of right and wrong in which Huck Finn develops moral progression and he learns throughout the book that he doesn’t need society’s demands to tell him what to do and how he should act, but to listen to his own thoughts and his conscience. Mark Twain’s message in the book is that society’s demands does not control you and that you can make
Creative Title Many people believe integrity is one of the most important traits to have. Nowhere is this concept more prevalent than in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In the town of Maycomb, racism and prejudice are so deeply ingrained in society, they impact every aspect of daily life, including the justice system and one’s right to a fair and equal trial. Despite this fact, Atticus Finch is wise to accept Tom Robinson’s case due to the benefits to both his children and his community. By choosing to defend Tom Robinson, Atticus is choosing to teach his children morals and the value of standing up for what they believe in, rather than letting them fall victim to the racist hivemind of Maycomb.
One way that Atticus illustrates courage is in his defence of Tom Robinson during the sexuall asult trial. He chooses to defend Tom an african american man he believes is innocent. In the novel Atticus is courageous in the sense that he doesn’t care what others think of him. He is repeatedly called a “negro lover” and looked down on by the white community. Although he is being harassed he doesn’t care,and continues to defend Tom Robinson.