Theme Of Integrity In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“It is a sin to kill a mockingbird” this quote is from the novel To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee. This story takes place in a rural very racially tense city called Maycomb. Everything is seen from the perspective of a little girl that goes by Scout. Jean Louise Finch (Scout) lives with her brother Jem and her father Atticus, Scout's father Atticus is a lawyer that decide to take a very controversial case defending a black man named Tom Robinson. In the novel the readers learn about the importance of integrity which means always doing the right thing. This theme is shown through several characters. Scout is a good example of integrity by how she reacts to the situation. Atticus take the case of defending Tom Robinson which is looked down upon by the community. For this reason, people tell Scout. Atticus is a “ N word lover”. Although this bothers Scout, Atticus tells her “you just hold your head head high and keep those fist down. No matter what anyone says to you, don't let ‘em get your goat”(76). What Atticus is trying to tell Scout is not to fight no matter what they tell her because he knows that they're going to nag her about the case. She shows integrity by holding back and not fighting although that is the only way she know how to defend herself. Integrity is…show more content…
Dubose as an example of integrity. Atticus is explaining to Jem that Mr. Dubose is a morphine addict. The doctor prescribed it to her and she has been addicted to them for years now. Atticus tells Jem “She said she was going to leave this world beholden to nothing and nobody”(111). Mrs. Dubose no longer wants to be a slave to morphine. She has a great ambition to die free from her addiction. This was not an easy goal to accomplish due to the withdrawals she had to go through. Even though she was racist Mrs. Dubose is a great example of integrity based on the fact that she pushed herself through pain to settle herself before she
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