“He also is willing to stand up against the odds-he knows he’s ‘licked’ before he even begins” (Text 2). Atticus knows he will not be able to win this case even if Tom Robinson is innocent. Unfortunately the town and the jury are corrupt and will not give Tom a fair trial. Almost anyone can see that Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson to show compassion through the “Golden Rule” and set an example for his children. Atticus is an idealist and knows what is right and what is wrong.
“‘If you shouldn’t be defendin’ him, then why are you doin’ it?’ ‘For a number of reasons,’ said Atticus. ‘The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this country in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again’” (Lee 100). Atticus Finch is a man of many values, and one who judges himself before he judges others. He explains to his daughter, Jean Louise Finch (Scout), that he believes in order to tell others how to be, he first has to follow the guidelines himself. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, many various characters, such as Atticus, try to have an impact on others’ morals and values.
Despite being called a, “nigger-lover” by many in Maycomb County, Atticus intends do his very best in defending Tom Robinson because, as he explains to his kids, “I couldn’t hold up my head in this town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you and Jem not to do something again.” Representing a black man in Maycomb would mean being treated as a pariah by his own community. To neglect Tom of rightful and fitting counsel would also tarnish all of his ethics, yet Atticus still chooses to defend Tom. When his daughter, Scout, questions if Atticus will win the case, he says no, then states, “simply because we are licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” Mr. Finch knowingly fights a losing battle in hopes of bringing equality in the hearts and minds of others. Even after his defeat in the courthouse, Atticus is spat at by the winning side, Bob Ewell. In and after the event, Atticus remained unbothered with great equanimity.
However, his moral courage did not let him change his mind despite his reputation suffering a massive blow in the society. He believed that standing for his morals and what he thought was right regardless of what the entire community was thinking about him. From the start, he already knows that he cannot win the case, but his strong sense of justice and morality is what motivates him to defend Tom in the case with much determination and to give all that he had for the case. He goes ahead to express that it is not because they have been defeated hundred years before they started that they have a reason to they have a reason to try again and win. The author used the term “licked” in most of the expressions to imply defeated.
Rachel was the daughter of Reverend Brown, who brainwashed the people of the town to radically believe that God must come before anything else. In simpler terms, anyone who dared to speak against that concept, would be hated by the people of Hillsboro. Because of this, Rachel felt pressured to follow her father’s rules. If she failed to do so, she would be an embarrassment to him. Rachel’s love for Cates was stronger than the fear she had of her father.
In addition, Atticus went against his moral code and principles he had always upheld before, especially in the Tom Robinson trial. Now, Atticus is faced with the decision of abiding by the law or breaking it in order to do the right thing. He knew that incarcerating a man, as withdrawn and solitary as Arthur would have been unforgivable. Especially, after Arthur had performed a great deed by saving his children 's life. He knew that exposing him would be an awful way of repaying him; it would have been like "shooting a mockingbird."
Atticus states “...Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.” (Lee Page 104) By stating this is shows that Atticus believes he has to defend Tom even though the majority of the town doesn’t agree with this decision. Atticus believes that Tom is innocent and will not let Tom be convicted guilty without letting people hear the truth about what really happened. Through Atticus Finch, Harper Lee was able to display many qualities in the novel such as being ethical, reasonable, and compassionate in beliefs. Atticus is the hero of the story because he possess all these qualities and many more. When facing all of the conflict in the story Atticus stayed ethical, reasonable, and compassionate in his beliefs.
The scruples and purpose both are relating to him staying true to his faith. The dark figure continues on telling Goodman about all the evil acts he has performed and Goodman replies to him saying how it would break his wife little heart and that he would rather break his own. The author again shows the reader more symbolism with using the name Faith to show his faith and shows the reader that he would rather die than lose his faith. That shows he is very passionate and really
Despite the physical travel the man and boy experience, the man has to protect the boy as well as continue to give him hope. The man believes it is his duty to keep “God’s own firedrake” (31) of hope and goodness safe from the physical, mental, and emotional horrors of the godforsaken world. However, the man and his wife cannot protect the boy from all pain and do hurt the boy whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally with good intentions. McCarthy exhibits the underlying theme throughout The Road that it is sometimes better to hurt loved ones in order to help them through diction,
Some people stand up for what they believe in. Other people cower away. There is a big difference between these two. When people stand up for something they believe in, it shows that they have bravery. In her novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee defines bravery as taking action despite the risk.
Jem even defends him and says, “...he ain’t ever hurt us, Atticus”(Lee 96). The worry that is present in the words Jem speak to his father convey the idea that he does not want anything bad to happen to Boo since he has come out of his house. Jem is under the impression that if this is reported back to Nathan Radley, then he will be cruel to Boo in some
Hernandez made the decision to protect his family by fighting back. He stated “I never wanted to hurt anybody, but they put me in a situation and I had to protect my family” (Sharamm, 2016). There are some cases where individuals usually take matters into their own hands making the situation worst. To speak briefly on this matter when Mr. Zimmerman felt that Martin seemed up to no good the first thing he did was call the police, however at some point he decided to take matters into his own hands to confront the young man. Instead, he should have given the operator a description of what Martin looked like, so that way a patrol unit could have scope the scene.
Peter then told him that he could not obtain the gift of the spirit through bribery. He tells Simon that he should repent of his sins and hope that the Lord will forgive him. In verse 23 it says, “gall of bitterness” which means to be bold in your anger and disappointment. This suggests that Simon was being immoral and showing resentment openly to all those who were around to hear. After Peter told him to repent Simon then asked Peter to pray for him so that nothing evil would happen to him.