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.
(Add background on the book, and bring up the case of Tom Robinson) Many people might not agree to Atticus’s actions as he accepted Tom Robinson's case. Atticus knew the consequences, and the outcome of the whole situation, but he still stayed faithful to his high morals and values. Despite drawbacks, Atticus Finch was wise to defend Tom Robinson. (Make a Claim: Because he yada yada yada) Atticus was wise to defend Tom Robinson in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
There are many role models all around and especially in novels. The saying ‘actions speak louder than words,’ is shown enormously in the novel To Kill a MockingBird. The children, Jem and Scout, learn the most from Atticus Finch. The author, Harper Lee, shows how Atticus deals with things through his actions and not his words.
From the beginning of the book, the reader has an insight on what kind of person Charles is. He is envious of his older step-brother, Adam, competitive, violent, and cynical. With this personality, he believes that there is no way he can possibly earn his dad’s love and the spot of being his favorite. Steinbeck accentuates Charles personality by stating, “Charles moved close and struck him in the
She is only trying to convince the misfit that he is a good man because she wants to be freed, and her life is in shambles. Also, the grandmother has already gone back on her word multiple of times, calling the misfit a big, bad, and scary man. Now all of the sudden he is a good man. Therefore, the grandmother still has not changed a
In the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" Atticus Scouts father teaches us and his kids many life lessons. My favorite life lesson Atticus teaches is "the one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in the courtroom, be any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. 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 came from, that white man is trash." (chapter 23 page 252) This is my favorite quote because during the time in the book theirs a lot of racism going on and for Atticus a white man to say this is big.
Her father is a lawyer and he is defending a man of color named Tom Robinson, that is being accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. Maycomb is greatly divided by race and there is a set of unwritten racial rules that apply to everyone, causing some to even have a double life,
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird is a timeless, touching novel. The novel was set in the Great Depression in Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the novel, is faced with an extremely difficult trial. Atticus was chosen to defend a black man, Tom Robinson that was accused of raping a white woman.
In the novel, To Kill a MockingBird, Harper Lee illustrates the harsh treatment receive from the townspeople’s when he is order to defend Tom Robinson. When talking to his brother, Jack, Atticus explains that he hopes that his children will not catch Maycomb’s usual disease of racism and prejudice, he hopes his children will come to him. “I just hope that Jem and Scout come to me for their answers, instead of listening to the town.” When Scout asked Atticus if he was really a n***** lover, Atticus responded “I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody...
During the trial in the book to kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee. The Lawyer Atticus Finch uses rhetorical appeals such as ethos, logos, and pathos tap into the jury's sense of ethics, logic and emotion to convey Tom Robinson, a black man, is innocence in a rape case. Atticus uses ethos many times throughout his closing argument, His most powerful ones are “I would like to… remind you that this case is not a difficult one… but it does require you to be sure beyond all reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant”. This makes the jury think again because Atticus is forcing the jury to look in at their own morals when he says to be sure upon all reasonable doubt.
In “To Kill a Mockngbird”, Atticus Finch plays Scout Finch’s father, who is an admirable lad. He sees things for the good not the bad. Many reasons tell whyhe is such a good man, but here are a few. He say’s in this book,”You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of veiw...until you climb in his skin and walk around in it.”
One specific case was given to Atticus to defend a black man against a white girl. During this time period, African Americans were looked down upon based on their race. Atticus knew he would not win because many members on the jury were racist, but he dedicated a lot of time to the case anyway; therefore,
Courage throughout history has always been interpreted in many different ways; cowardice, defiance, and even idiocy. Often it is hard to recognize true courage until many years have passed. True courage is showing bravery and standing up for your beliefs and principles in times of strife. “Courage isn’t a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin
With pathos, an emotional argument, Atticus’ speech becomes powerful enough to have the audience feel a sense of guilt of Mayella and pity for Tom Robinson. Atticus’ beginning part of his speech tells the courthouse audience to understand the true purpose of this case, which eventually leads up to the morals of Tom and the courthouse. “The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is.” (271) Atticus is pointing out that Tom Robinson is not guilty, but someone else is. This hits the emotions of the audience because it is insinuating that Bob Ewell could be the one who abused Mayella.
The oppressive feeling of racism has touched all in maycomb. None can ignore it. The effect of it is very obvious, corruption. Atticus’s goal is to stop his children from “catching Maycomb’s disease” (117 need citation) in hopes that Jem and Scout will grow into people with morals that all are equal, you don’t have to follow society's predetermined standards. Atticus sacrifices his reputation, safety and when undertaking the responsibility of defending a black man.