While I did not connect to the racial overtones of the novel, it was the theme of a fluid identity that made this story different from the rest of books on the topic. Before reading the book it was my belief that one’s participation in society defines them, meaning that anyone can be defined by his/her income bracket, occupation, education, or political standing. However, early on with the grandfather of the Invisible Man’s deathbed confession, my belief was beginning to be challenged. Urging him to “undermine ‘em with grins, agree ‘em to death and destruction , let ‘em swoller you ‘till they vomit or bust wide open,” his grandfather presents an ideology towards identity that was opposite to mine (16). While I saw the narrator as a promising young man who would one day make a possible contribution to society, his grandfather would see this “contribution” corresponding with him ending up as a cog in a machine working for a society that actively subjugates him to a life as a second-class citizen.
“‘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.
Abner Snopes would abuse his son and one particular moment Sarty realize that he did not want to live in fear with his father rules. In this context it is believable that Sarty wants to do the right things from now on,"If I had said they wanted only truth, justice, he would have hit me again." But now he said nothing. He was not crying. He just stood there”(Faulkner, 3).
He starts by analyzing the past, saying that if any mistakes were made, they “have none to blame but ourselves” (IN TEXT). However, he counters this with the idea that they cannot change the past, but embrace its effects and move on. Next, he appeals to the logic of his Puritan beliefs. Paine says that he believes that “God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction” (IN TEXT). This gives the reader a sturdy base to place their hope, which he later increases by calling the king out for his murderous and unethical actions, and claims that the king has no grounds to seek support or solace from
There is no “the prisoner will be taken hence and thence conveyed etc.” It is an interrogative. There is a question mark at the end. The future remains open. And thus the dignity of convicted felons is retained”. Seemingly, others believe that it’s inhuman to voluntarily kill another person, and until we as a society can decide which is the morally correct option, nothing can be accomplished.
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.
If the conflict had not started with the Grendel attacking Heorot, it would not have the same effect. Having this conflict not only sets up the story but it also has a moral teaching coinciding within it. The moral within the conflict is the importance of reputation. In the beginning it introduces the reader to every male character being known as his father’s son. Going on in the story the characters are unable to speak about their identity
Because he is first hesitant to take the case of Sierva, he does not believe he is capable of being responsible for her exorcism, and he seems afraid. He tells the bishop, “I am not an exorcist, father, I do not have the character or the training or the knowledge to claim to be one. Besides, we know that God has set me on another path” (76). But by him accepting the responsibility that is where it all began. It starts with a belief that Sierva is not possessed and that took over his life because he knew he had to do something to prove it.
The way you act also gives people an idea of the type of person you are. The attitudes people express help communicate who they are and may make them feel good because they have asserted their identity (McLeod). Having a positive attitude on the outside reflects how someone feels or acts on the
Rosen repeatedly argues in the book that FDR’s hand were tied, and as much as he wanted to, he simply couldn’t override laws in order to save more Jews. The limitations in Rosen’s work is that he stays on the defending side of Roosevelt, and states why he has been defending him throughout his book, but it does not show the cons to what, if he indeed, did do something wrong in his decision. It doesn’t have much history on who FDR really is, but has a brief intro on who he was and what roles he played during his