The Importance Of Acceptance In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Acceptance is something everyone craves for at least once in their lives. A search for acceptance often results in many hiding who they are and pretending to be someone they are not. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird, acceptance is one of the central themes. Acceptance is something everyone should have from the minute they are born until the day they die. People should not have to work for it regardless of ethnicity, gender or personal preferences,everyone is equal and no one should be casted outside. Harper shows in her novel how everyone must try to accept others who they are and the benefits of doing so while also showing the consequences of not doing so both to the bigots and the unaccepted. A prime example of the benefits of being open minded in this novel is Atticus Finch, who conveys acceptance and tolerance. A white lawyer from a respectable family, the town of Maycomb is stunned when he vows to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl. He believes that everyone is worthy of respect as we are all human beings and wants his children to grow up with the same mindset. An example of this when Scout comes back from her first day of school, having gotten off on the wrong foot with her teacher Miss Caroline. He comforts her by saying, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Harper 39). Atticus is trying to tell Scout that she should not have argued with Miss Caroline and taken into consideration that it was Miss Caroline’s first day as well and she had not yet taken to Maycomb’s customs. With this quote, Atticus shows off non-judgemental he truly is and how he deeply he takes into consideration both sides of the…show more content…
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