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.
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.
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. The first one to talk about is how Atticus deals with all the hate.
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
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. Believers can find peace in the fact that God is just, and someday He will return and bring justice back to the
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.
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. He always kept his cool under pressure, which is a very hard act to do.
But she said he took advantage of her, and when she stood up, she looked at him as if he were dirt beneath her feet.” This shows that in that town and age, many people were rude and took advantage of people in order to get a step ahead. According to a resource from cliffnotes.com, it states “Atticus believes in justice and the justice system. He doesn 't like criminal law, yet he accepts the appointment to Tom Robinson 's case. He knows before he begins that he 's going to lose this case, but that doesn 't stop him from giving Tom the strongest defense he possibly can.”
He shows human courage, which gives us the idea that Atticus is a common and inconspicuous man he is represented from the eyes of the children, who are getting some heat from all his actions. There is an idea in the novel that children have a sense of justice and become prejudice only under the influence of others. This idea comes from a lawyer Atticus, a man of honor, who is doing good although he isn’t expected to. His arguments for heroism are “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It 's when you know you 're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what”(Lee 115).
People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum – but that don’t make no difference. I ain’t a-going to tell, and I ain’t a-going back there, anyways” (Twain 53-54). Huck displays his maturity through this by making a moral decision concerning another equal human being’s life. Although this novels is revealed through Huck’s eyes, Twain tends to include himself, as do most writers in their own works.
Paragraph #3 Furthermore, the most reoccurring character trait that Atticus portrays is empathy. For instance, Atticus shows Scout how he understands and share the feeling of others when Scout had trouble adapted to a new teacher in Maycomb. Atticus shows empathy towards Radley family because he understands that rumors relating to the Radley family causes the family a great deal of trouble and unwanted attention from curious youngsters such as Jem, Dill, and Scout. An instance in the novel when Atticus showed empathy towards the Radleys is on page 65 “I’m going to tell you something and tell you one time: stop tormenting that man.” Atticus says this quote to Jem when he was trying to get Boo Radley outside.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the character Atticus is smart and wise and gives many pieces of advice to his children. One of the pieces of advice is “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (Lee 101). This applies to when Atticus decides to defend Tom Robinson in court even though he knows that they won’t win. Although Tom is innocent, and there is no evidence that he is guilty, he is still proclaimed as guilty by the jury. In spite of his efforts being in vain, it makes sense for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson.