Bob Ewell depicts the stereotypical white supremacist, Atticus on the other hand chooses his morals over the society’s expectations. When brought the case of Tom Robinson, an alleged black rapist, any lawyer in Maycomb would’ve immediately denied Tom. Atticus chose to defend him, even though he knew he had no chance of winning. He told Scout that he must argue it to uphold his sense of justice and respect, Atticus knew Tom deserved someone to fight for him. This all ties in with what Atticus told Scout,“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
Ewell being a malicious evil introduced to the children’s lives, his very presence contributed to the meaning of the story. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, the children learn that every person is not what they seem and with every trial comes a lesson. In Chapter 10, Atticus Finch says, “‘ remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’” (119). The significance of this quote is later understood by Scout Finch; it was a sin to kill a peaceful creature that never harmed anyone. Mr. Ewell’s wrongdoings lead to the death of Tom Robinson, and later he himself was killed for his unjust actions.
For a long time after the publishing of To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch, the father of Jem and Scout, was championed and even deified in some cases. He was revered for his vigilant defence of a black man, Tom Robinson. This book came out in a time when racism was taught at home. For many whites in America, especially in the South, this was the first time their eyes had been opened to the injustice of racism. The reason so many people chose Atticus to be their champion of morality was because he represented strong morals and was believed to be one of the first of his people to stand up against the way things were.
That showed bravery because he risked what he believed in to help somebody out. Another example is “ Bob Ewell fell on his knife. He killed himself,” said Heck ( Lee, 273). Boo Radley saved the kids the night that Bob Ewell attacked them. Boo killed Bob and Heck knew it, but he told Atticus Bob killed himself.
Lee shows many examples of people being courageous throughout the book, like when Atticus protects Tom. The lynching mob shows up to kill Tom even though they didn’t have any evidence that proved he was guilty of raping Mayella Ewell, but Atticus protects him. Boo Radley saves Jem and Scout when Bob Ewell tries to kill them, even though there are many rumors and lies about him. Atticus also steps up again to defend Tom in court even though his own sister disapproves of his actions and thinks that their family is too good for Tom. Over and over again there are scenarios where people have to have to be courageous, people have to face being alone, and being different, courage is standing by yourself while everyone around you judges based on the decision you made to do what is believed to be the right
I'm To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee writes about a character named Scout telling a story about how she lived with her brother Jem and lawyer Atticus Finch in small town, Maycomb. Atticus Finch is helping defend an innocent black man, Atticus teaches his children to try looking at things from other people's perspective, and Scout, Jem and their friend Dill unravel the secret behind the Radley house. Jem and Scout represents the idea of bravery and confidence in the novel, and the way that his and her definition changes over the course of the story is important. Jem shows bravery as Dill says he wants to go for a walk but Scout know that people in Maycomb just doesn't go to take a "walk". But as Dill, Jem and Scout stroll past the Radleys house, Dill thinks it's a good idea to peak inside, but Scout not so much.
When Bob Ewell spat in his face and Atticus reacted very mature to show Jem how he would not let that get to him. To begin, Atticus was firm and fair. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus is seen as a powerful father figure in his children's lives. In addition, his steady presence keeps the children grounded. As Atticus was speaking to his kids he says “ You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 30.)
Another mockingbird in the story is Boo Radley. The children at first see him as this scary monster, but after showing them kindness the kids see him as kind hearted, and gentle. Much like a mockingbird; from that they learned just like a book, you can’t judge someone by what you hear, or see. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee gives readers a chance to see how racism in the deep south turned into injustice and leads to the killing of innocent minorities. By a young age many were taught that killing was very bad, and that the killing of the innocent is worst, but other than that this lesson can not be taught.
Although Boo Radley is a mystery in the community, he is the reason behind many of the life lessons Scout learns. Atticus tells Scout and Jem the day they go shooting their guns “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Though this sounds like advice a parent might give their young children. I believe it was a direct reference to Boo Radley in hopes to teach them a lesson. Boo Radley was an innocent and harmless man accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Like Miss Maudie's definition of the mockingbird ",they don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.” (Lee, 119).
Integrity is the quality of being sincere and having powerful high-minded principles. Integrity is shown in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, a book that took place in Maycomb County, Alabama where racism was profoundly entrenched. Atticus Finch, a character in the book, is a lawyer who is assigned the case of Tom Robinson, an African-American, who was unjustifiably accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. Arthur “Boo” Radley, his neighbor, is a mysterious person in the beginning of the book but ends up revealing his kindness. His children, Scout and Jem Finch, are following their father’s word of wisdom and learning about integrity throughout their experiences on the way.