To Kill A Mockingbird As prominent as before, racism is still an issue albeit less of a problem than before. A convicted Tom Robinson may ring a few bells to the minds of some classical readers. He was an innocent felon, similarly innocent as Atticus and Scout Finch. The base of this entire novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, on the topics of sheer racism and pure innocence. Innocence is a motif that’s important to the meaning of To Kill A Mockingbird.
- I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” said Atticus to Scout(pg139). Atticus is showing that he respects others opinions, although they might try to hurt him. But he believes in his conscience. After Mrs.Dubose dies, and Atticus explains to Jem about
Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale gives off the impression that he takes his job very seriously and he aims to help everyone overcome their evil. Unlike the other dark and judgemental Puritans Hawthorne describes, Mr. Dimmesdale has a sweet voice that “vibrates within all hearts, and brought the listeners into one accord of sympathy.” (65) 4. In these chapters, the scaffold symbolizes punishment and humility. It represents how the Puritans would brand someone as a criminal and make them an outcast if they did not conform to their standards. 5.
Atticus was obviously going to accept the job because that’s what he does and he said, “This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience-Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship god if I didn’t try to help that man.(Pg. 120)” Atticus shows courage by defending Tom because he doesn’t care what the public thinks and will do everything in his power to try and get Tom free and back to his family. Atticus actually proves that Tom is innocent and Bob is really the guilty one but since Tom is black no one believes that he is truly
Most people try to have good morals, adults trying to raise kids are a perfect example. That's exactly what Atticus is doing in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There are many instances where Atticus is showing extraordinary morals for himself and his family. Some would be dealing with hate the right way, another would be representing a black man in a time where segregation is very alive, lastly is making sure his family is religious. Its very clear that all of these traits/morlas are extremely important to Atticus.
Since the towns sins are not forgiven they remain in Comala. Father Renteria is the main reason why, when he went to Contla to see a priest he was denied forgiveness for his sins. He begged him yet the priest said, “but it is not you who sustain their faith. They believe out of fear and superstition” (pg.71). He had finally decided to seek forgiveness but
In the Crucible having a good name and being accepted into society, is more important to Proctor, Parris, and Danforth then the lives of innocent people. Proctor being a model citizen and well liked does not want to tell the truth about his affair with Abigail. Next Parris is looked at as a churchly figure, he does not want to go against the bible and speak out. Lastly Danforth is viewed as making the right decisions in court, but he later sees that he has sentenced the wrong people to death, he says nothing so he can protect his name and not be questioned. Based on their character decisions in the Crucible, it 's clear that keeping your reputation is very important if you want a good name and to be accepted
Injustice reoccurs throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, and many characters suffer from it. As the mockingbird makes beautiful music and does not deserve to die, these characters help others and yet still endure unjust treatment. Boo’s harmless demeanor, Tom’s innocence, and Calpurnia’s significance do not prevent them from suffering. Seeing these acts of injustice may cause despair. Christ commands a response of love and compassion in response to persecution.
Human nature and pride show when an individual has traits of humanity, and responsibility is other needed. Atticus didn't give up on his visions throughout the novel, and this is very important to the younger readers, because his character was a role model to many. "Then Mr. Underwood’s meaning became clear: Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts, Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed," (Lee 82). This quote explains that not many people believed in Atticus, but he believed in himself and his case, and that's what mattered in the long run.
“Whenever a white man cheats a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash”(Lee 220). Atticus respects black people, and he doesn’t care if others despise him for it because he knows what he is doing and saying is right. Atticus was a hero in my opinion. He always kept his ground, protected his children, and honored the colored people. He knew people would disapprove of defending Tom Robinson, but he did it anyway because he knew that was the proper thing to do.