Atticus clearly knew what he was getting into when he took the case, he knew how it would affect him and his children. He implied that he loved his children so much that he wouldn't be able to be the best parent to his ability if he did not take the case. Moreover, taking the case means he has to sacrifice the early innocence and security of his children. Scout and Jem would be faced with the reality of racism and learn about Maycomb’s usual disease. They would face people who disapprove of Atticus defending a Negro, and have to face the insults directed at him.
"It 's not about what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings" stated Eppie Lederer, a former American columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. In the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" written by Harper Lee, a small town filled with narrow-minded people, refuse to accept change. When a middle-aged lawyer, Atticus Finch, takes on a controversial case, the town begins to question Mr. Finch and leaves his two children too curious for the town’s comfort. Although some might say Atticus does a poor job raising his children, Lee proves that the best parenting comes from a strong-minded person with integrity, regardless of what others think through Atticus ' empowering advice, strong morals, and his belief in equality.
In this essay, Metress speaks on how Atticus has some flaws in To Kill a Mockingbird; for example, the only thing Atticus does for change in his community was defend Tom for no charge and he did so to his best ability. Also, Atticus, when describing why he chooses to not turn down the case, uses the word “I” more than anything else, suggesting he did it for himself more than he did it for Tom or for anyone else. Metress quotes Freedman in his essay: “Here is a man who does not voluntarily use his training and skills - not once ever - to make the slightest change in the pervasive social injustice of his own
As the trial progresses Jem becomes tired and views his members of community with contempt. Jem is emotionally scarred after Tom Robinson is wrongly convicted. Jem firmly believes that there are differences between individuals, social classes and races. Which made Jem acknowledge what he thought Maycomb was, a safe place to live with people who care for each other and has loss faith on the neighbors and the people he knew due to large amount of prejudice
This conflict John is having and how it effects people around him connects to the universal theme of respect and reputation. John’s true friends and family have good respect for John and His good name so they let him make his own decision of not signing the paper’s. These witch trials in Salem Massachusetts show how just a little bit of lies and deception can change a town in just a few days.
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.
Atticus also has the philosophy that he will not accept something as the truth just because Maycomb County does so. He always states that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (39). He will not accept that the African Americans of Maycomb are worse than the Whites. He says that you have to get to know them in a more personal way before you can judge them.
“To find yourself, think for yourself.” - Socrates Speaking out and knowing what you stand for will help you find your path and your voice. Throughout history, To Kill A Mockingbird, and our lives today, going along with the crowd and pushing aside individuality hasn 't helped anyone, or anything. Different views and opinions can help create a lot of beneficial change, but when no one is thinking for themselves, it is impossible for this to happen.
Imagine everyone around you speaking a foreign language of which you only know a few words. This is what Caitlin Smith feels every day, but that foreign language is other people’s emotions. I read the book Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. The main character Caitlin has Asperger 's syndrome, a disorder which can make it hard for people to understand social situations.
When chosen to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape, he must`decide to truly defend Robinson or not. Atticus’ choice to protect him shows immense integrity and dignity although it earns him cruel criticism from his neighbors and family. When Scout asks Atticus why he took the case, he replies that he would never be able to ask Jem and Scout to mind him again if he didn’t take the case. Atticus would have lost his dignity and respect for himself if he hadn’t attempted to save Tom Robinson from an unjust fate. One can only strive to attain such integrity and dignity as the character of Atticus
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee used many literary techniques throughout the chapters. One technique she used is juxtaposition and occurred in part one, between chapters ten and eleven. Juxtaposition is a comparison tool, used by putting two things next to each other for comparison. Jem and Scout developed different views from chapter ten to eleven showed by this comparison. Harper Lee's decision to juxtapose the events which happen is chapter ten and eleven highlight the lesson they learn.
The novel To kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee shows how prejudice and discrimination can influence a community. The story takes place in the 1930's during the Great Depression and uses the point of view of Scout a young girl to show how deeply effected the people were, both young and old by these discriminatory views. I believe that To kill a Mockingbird is still relevant today because many of the problems that happened in the book still happen today and although we are trying to stop discrimination by writing new laws and enforcing them it still occurs quite often. To Kill a Mockingbird still relates to today’s world because of issues in relation to sexism, racism and political injustices. Society might tell us