Moralism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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For a long time after the publishing of To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch, the father of Jem and Scout, was championed and even deified in some cases. He was revered for his vigilant defence of a black man, Tom Robinson. This book came out in a time when racism was taught at home. For many whites in America, especially in the South, this was the first time their eyes had been opened to the injustice of racism. The reason so many people chose Atticus to be their champion of morality was because he represented strong morals and was believed to be one of the first of his people to stand up against the way things were. For a while, the pedestal Atticus was perched upon was up so high that he was of god-like status. But as time went on and people read deeper and deeper, they found that even Atticus wasn’t perfect. In 2015, in the midst of the trial of Mr. Finch, Go Set a Watchman, also written by Harper Lee, was released. It was written in 1957, three years before To Kill a Mockingbird was published and tells the story of a now grown up Scout’s realization of her father’s true character. Go Set a Watchman provides abundant evidence to support the idea that Atticus Finch is a flawed…show more content…
In this essay, Metress speaks on how Atticus has some flaws in To Kill a Mockingbird; for example, the only thing Atticus does for change in his community was defend Tom for no charge and he did so to his best ability. Also, Atticus, when describing why he chooses to not turn down the case, uses the word “I” more than anything else, suggesting he did it for himself more than he did it for Tom or for anyone else. Metress quotes Freedman in his essay: “Here is a man who does not voluntarily use his training and skills - not once ever - to make the slightest change in the pervasive social injustice of his own
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