The Unique Individual In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”, the importance of the unique individual is shown through the impact that it can have on a society. The impact of the individuality of characters such as Atticus, Calpurnia, Arthur Radley, and Scout are seen in multiple occurrences throughout the story. These characters played important parts of changing the hearts and minds of the people of Maycomb, Alabama. Society is benefited by the unique individual because they create progress in a society, change the way people feel and act towards others, and change the way a society thinks. The change that is initiated by the unique individual, however, may not be the change that people want to have. Because of this, the people that do not want change may try to resist the change or actively work to stop the change from happening. Bob Ewell’s treatment of Atticus provides a good example of this resistance to change: “Atticus was leaving the post office when Mr. Ewell approached him, cursed him, spat on him, and threatened to kill him” (Lee 217). Mr. Ewell did not like the fact that Atticus was defending a black person in court, which was not something that was considered acceptable by society during the time period of the story. However, the change that is created may be the change that is needed to create progress in a society. One moment where the needed progress was made was when Walter Cunningham called off the lynch mob: “‘You know what we want,’ another man said...Then he
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