“I want you to understand that courage isn’t a man with a gun in his hand,” (Lee 112). This is a quote spoken from a courageous man who put himself in other people’s positions and did not believe he was superior to African Americans like many in that time period. Atticus Finch is a lawyer, and also the father of Jem and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The finches live in a small town called Maycomb during 1933, also known as the Great Depression era. Throughout the book, the town faces many racial discrimination issues, especially when an African American man named Tom Robinson is falsely accused of rape of a white female.
The first one has more to do with the introduction of the city and of the Radley family to the reader. The second part has more to do with the Tom Robinson trial. Atticus is the lawyer defending the defendant at the court, meaning that he and his family will automatically be labelled as “nigger-lovers” (Lee 110), which at the time didn’t have a positive connotation to it and was used as an insult. The story of Mrs Dubose comes right at the end of Part I, representing the courage which the reader and the protagonists need to face the events that are going to happen in Part II of the book. From that point onwards Mrs Dubose’s story will remind the protagonists that bravery isn’t “a man with a gun in his hand” (Lee 149) and will represent what real
The evidence boils down to you-did-I-didn 't. The jury couldn 't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson 's word against the Ewells, '" Atticus solemnly explains this to his brother. First of all, Atticus demonstrates courage when he undertakes the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of rape. Atticus knows he won 't win the case and like Mrs. Dubose in her battle against morphine, he is "licked" before he begins. Nevertheless, Atticus knows that Tom is innocent and that he must fight for him, since no one else will.
“You may choose to look away, but you may never say that you did not know” (William Wilberforce). In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch juggles being a single father to his two children and practicing law in his small town. When Atticus defends a young black man who is being accused rape, the town of Macomb becomes polarized on the case and the trial reveals many truths about the people of the Maycomb. Atticus Finch works passionately to fight for the minority, which amplifies the importance of justice.
In Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird the writer attests to how prejudice can affect the relationship between blacks and whites. While some might argue that the lesson in the story could be ”fearing the unknown” or “that racism is frowned upon” Lee's writing most certainly depicts how fear and racism are often more powerful than reason and intelligence. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in 1930's Maycomb, Alabama, gives example of a white lawyer, raising his two children with the help of Calpurnia, a black maid, and Aunt Alexandra.
Another example of metaphor in the novel is how Mr. Twain depicts the characters to enunciate his views of the bigotry of social norms pushing the reader in a sense to understand what he means. Huckleberry Finn with his innocence and Jim with a thirst for equality metaphorically portray the minorities, Pap the trope of humanity that are corrupted and deprived by those that are uncivilized. “You’re educated, too, they say—can read and write. You think you’re better’n your father, now, don’t you, because he can’t?
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is a black man who is wrongly accused and tried for the crime of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, and is being defended by his lawyer, Atticus Finch. According to the book it’s written “I guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own.” This shows how Tom struggled emotionally because Tom was emotionally tired of being controlled by others, letting others have the opportunity to control his life and what happened to his family. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Tom ran for it even though he knew there were high risks of him being killed, which shows how the caged bird in the poem “Caged Bird” is much like him. In the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou, the caged bird is compared and contrasted to a free bird and by examining the circumstances of Tom Robinson’s life, I say that he is very much like the caged bird.
One of the most courageous acts comes from the narrator’s father, Atticus Finch. A single parent and a lawyer, Atticus defends a black man in court in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama where such a thing is unheard of. The citizens of Maycomb disagree with his choice to help a negro and many look down upon him for it. Atticus knew that when he took the case he wasn’t just going against Bob Ewell, but also the men and women who automatically take a white person’s word over a black person’s. By taking the trial he put the fear of disapproval behind him in order to tell the truth.
Firstly, Scout learned one cannot judge someone from appearances. This was brought to Scout’s attention because people always made fun of her father because he was defending a negro. Scout didn’t like when people said things about her own father and family when Atticus was simply defending the innocent man in the case. Jem also learned a lesson from the case. Jem learned that the court systems are not always fair.
When trying to convince someone to believe what you believe, what you say and how you say it can affect the out outcome. In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus uses this to his benefit for his closing statement in the trials. Atticus Finch is a respectable lawyer who chose to defend Tom Robinson, an African-American who was accused of raping a white woman. Tom is innocent, but in the 1930s the word of a black man 's against a two white peoples was not worth much. Mayella, the girl Tom supposedly raped, asked Tom to come inside and help with a broken door.
The author premises are that polices should rethink and challenge themselves to understand that their taking the lives of innocent men and it shouldn’t be based on the color of their skin or even by the same excuse or lie that “he had a gun”. The author revisits the mind of his son by drawing back on the pervious chapter of black me understanding and being knowledgeable about what is happening around them, meaning that the system isn’t the sole system that sees blacks bodies as disposable and
The Scottsboro Boys Case and To Kill a Mockingbird were cases of the injustice of black men. Harper Lee was trying to point out that a person 's skin color or race does not justify the actions they done, that anyone who practices prejudice is foolish. That prejudice is an actual reality that a person experiences first hand and hurts others in the process. Like Harper Lee with her father being a lawyer she must’ve experienced it first hand. These stories teach us that you shouldn’t judge a person by their race.
In the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson, a black man, is unfairly accused and later found guilty of a crime he didn 't commit. While talking to Jem and Scout Finch, Ms. Maudie says “Atticus Finch won’t win, he can’t win, but he’s the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that. And I thought to myself, well, we’re making a step – it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.” During our recent “Socratic Seminar”, Adam Ross made an insightful comment. He argued that the events that took place in the courtroom that night were not a step in the right direction, as the time that the jury took was just part of the due process of the court.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus as well as other characters throughout the book offer many tips of advice on life to not only the characters in the book but also to real human beings. Atticus experienced a difficult case where he was a defending a black man that was guilty before stepping into the courthouse. As this event was going on, Atticus gives advice to his kids and how life can be seen from a different perspective by stepping into someone else’s shoes. To people reading this book, all the events that unfold and the advices many characters give should be of great importance. They show that racism comes from those of evil and that hatred is inhuman.