Throughout the ages, humans have continued to struggle with the same issues. One of them being, to find excuses for their failures instead of accepting their flaws. Many people struggle to be humble, noble, true to their beliefs, understanding of others, respectful, calm in the heat of the moment, amongst other virtues. It is something that everyone has to work on, but the struggles and discipline that come with becoming a better person often discourage simple efforts. Regardless, when someone puts in the effort to become better, they become the role model that everyone can look towards. Harper Lee wrote the novel To Kill A Mockingbird in 1960; in the story, the main character’s father, Atticus Finch, has virtues that he works towards to be …show more content…
In the process of interrogating Bob Ewell in court, in an attempt to clear an innocent man’s name, Mr. Ewell felt Atticus had attacked and embarrassed him. After the trial, Bob Ewell sought revenge by spitting in Atticus’s face and Atticus’s reaction was, “‘I wish Bob Ewell wouldn’t chew tobacco’” (291). Typically, people spend so much energy holding on the grudges and wanting revenge, but Atticus looked past Bob’s actions and forgive him immediately after it happened. Remarkably, few people have the ability to accept a direct insult and move on with their lives. Truthfully, society would become so much better if people could forgive and forget, “Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,// Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating.” One of the famous quotes of the book is Atticus telling his children to take a moment and try to understand someone and their points of view before acting to prevent regret and disrespect. Atticus had a way of brushing off both success and failure so he could remain true and always remain the man his children looked up to and knew him as. His ability to remain humble and kind sets him apart from nearly …show more content…
In fact, Scout believed her father was boring compared to other fathers, she noticed, “He didn’t do the things out schoolmates’ fathers did” (118). She did not understand the importance of his job specifically; it was not labor, and she could not observe direct effects of his efforts. Scout did not think he had any skills for he took careful consideration and never showed off unless it was desperate. At one point in the novel, Atticus’s sister, Aunt Alexandra, wanted to teach the children about their heritage and their ancestors as if it dictated who they were, but Atticus worked to have the children perceive other people as simply having different ways of living. His observations can be observed through his accommodations for his company, “And yet not look too good, or talk too wise.” Scout noticed how depending on who he was around, he would change ever so slightly to ensure more comfort of them, not to cause them to feel inferior. It was not easy for him to adjust, he definitely could boast and brag since he was superior to other characters in numerous ways, but he was humble and did not desire to feel
The Archetypal Mentors “I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them (page 215).” In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a young girl named Scout is introduced to the insanity of prejudice as her father defends a black man in the 1930s. Throughout the book she is guided by her neighbor Miss Maudie Atkinson while trouble stirs in town. The epic poem titled The Odyssey tells of a young man named Telemachus trying to find his father, Odysseus, who is trapped on an island.
Atticus tells her “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” (39). In this quote, it shows that Scout, who is not only a child, but the representation of children, does not know how to look at things from other people's perspectives. Furthermore, she still isn’t able to look at things from other’s perspectives even though Atticus told her to, and this lasts until the end when she is entering adulthood. The quote also shows that Atticus, the symbol of reasonable adults does know better than to judge someone without walking in their shoes first.
He always had control over his temper so it didn’t cross her mind that everything said about their family was also affecting him. Atticus once told Scout that you can’t judge how someone is before you walk in their skin. This experience allowed Scout to do just that and it gave her the insight to realize how her brother is affected the same as her.
Father, lawyer, and friend, the gentlemanly Atticus Finch hopes to shape the character of his children. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is the story of the childhood of a young girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Throughout the book, Scout’s father, Atticus, tries his best to raise her and her brother, Jem, the right way as a single parent. To Kill a Mockingbird exemplifies the way the character of Atticus Finch either uses ritual or abandons it in order to develop certain character qualities within his children. He specifically focuses on the development of honesty, courage, and humility.
That lesson, which is the most important lesson that Atticus instills in his children, is to look at people’s actions and intentions because what is heard about people and what meets the eye is not always the truth and because the characteristics that define people are their behaviors and their actions. Things that people might see you as is not necessarily always the truth. Atticus teaches his kids when he says “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead
A Man of True Dignity In a world full of injustice and cruelty, people like Atticus who fight against that norm are incredibly important. Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the best novels ever written, partially because of Atticus, a very wise man who embodies exactly what dignity ought to be. Atticus carries himself in a matter that deserves respect and honor. Not a word comes out of his mouth that he has not thought through carefully and he possesses words of wisdom for any scenario or situation in life. Throughout the novel, Atticus clearly lives his life in a very discerning, upstanding and peaceful manor.
The Most Courageous Character The definition of courage is the ability to do something that frightens one, or strength in the face of pain or grief. People all over the world perform countless acts of courage every single day. Many characters in Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird portray these courageous traits also. Many of them performed acts that took great courage to do.
Scout has many mentors throughout the story, but Atticus is one of the most influential. Atticus teaches Scout life lessons that she uses to develop as a person. He enlightens Scout’s thinking by suggesting that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you
He shows Jem and Scout not to judge people until they've walked in their shoes. Chapter 3 on page 85-87 Atticus says "First of all, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” Out of all the people in this book Atticus is the one who is most likely to not judge someone. He stands up for a black man knowing he will get judged and made fun of.
Humility, one of the best virtues to have, gets used in many characters. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee valued humility and incorporated it into the positive characters of the book. She showed many people with non who acted like fools. Then she also had many characters who demonstrated it. She displayed the value of having humility and some of the best characters known for it today come from her book.
And Scout’s confusion is perfectly understandable. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus shares knowledge to Scout with this simple quote: “First of all… if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks.” This is Atticus’ introduction to the main idea “... You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb in his skin
For example, he teaches his children to believe what they want, and to not let other people influence their decisions or thoughts. Atticus says, “Don’t you worry about anything. It’s not time to worry” (Lee pg. 134).This stands out because Atticus has faith in his mind and his
When Jem and Scout’s Aunt Alexandra was thinking about moving in with the Finch’s, so they have a woman figure in their life, Atticus says to Scout, ‘’’How’d you like her to come live with us?’’’ (pg 128). This shows he is a good father because he cares about the opinion of his daughter. He honours and respects what she has to say. He is being fair because he knows the type of relationship Scout and her Aunt Alexandra have.
Personal values and morals are instilled into children by their parents . Jem and Scout Finch, characters from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, are open minded, educated, young children that have a father named Atticus Finch who tries to teach his children to have sound morals and personal values . The children have not been sheltered from life's hardships due to their father Atticus's views on parenting instead they have learned right from wrong. Atticus Finch believes that not sheltering his kids from the world allows them to form strong morals and values. Atticus Finch does what he believes will help make his children into strong citizens with outstanding values and morals.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, is set in the 1960’s, a time when men and women had specific and restrictive roles in society. Men were the ones to work and earn money for their families and women were expected to a caring and obedient homemakers. In many ways, those gender stereotypes are still very present today. The contrasting opinions of Atticus Finch and Aunt Alexandra provide the reader with the different views on how men and women should be raised, which in turn, affects the readers thoughts and opinions on the gender expectations and roles that are present in today’s society.