Theme Of Wisdom In To Kill A Mockingbird

1033 Words5 Pages
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, wisdom is a very common theme. The theme of wisdom is portrayed in different ways, and I’ll be telling you how. Wisdom is illustrated in the novel by Atticus, Jem, and Heck Tate. There are many large events that take place in the book and they are times in need of wisdom. Atticus, Jem and Heck Tate all show wisdom in certain situations. I believe that Atticus Finch shows wisdom in the Novel by participating in Tom robinson’s trial. Not a lot of white men at that time were willing to stick up for a black man, let alone defend him in court. The trial was Tom Robinson (a black man) against Bob and Mayella Ewell, a white family who claims Tom raped Mayella. Everyone knows that the Ewell’s will win, because it’s a white family’s word against a black man’s. When Scout asks Atticus why he’s defending Tom, he responds with; “‘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 county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.’” (Lee, 75) Scout and Atticus go on to talk about how Jem and Scout wouldn’t have to mind Atticus, if he didn’t defend Tom. Atticus’s first act of wisdom was deciding to defend Tom. He says; “‘Every…show more content…
I believe that this theme was illustrated through the characters Atticus Finch, Jem Finch, and Heck Tate. They all show wisdom at different parts of the book, and they all show wisdom in different ways, whether it be lying for the right purpose, or defending someone they don’t want to. Those things require a lot of wisdom, and each situation shows it. There will always be situations that occur in people’s lives, whether it be very important situations or just an everyday decision. Sometimes when those kind of things come about, it’s important to take a moment and think about your decision instead of just jumping to
Open Document