Arrogance In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that 's fine, but what you should never lose is the respect for the others.” said Steffi Graf. She is a professional tennis player that has won 22 grand slam titles, which makes it very hard to stay humble. That’s why she mentions being arrogant, because it is ok, you can’t forget to be sensitive towards others. Contrary to Steffi Graf, there are many people who lose their respect towards others. Mayella and the jurors in Harper Lee 's To Kill a Mockingbird and Mr. Collins in Darcy Swipes Let by Jane Austen. They all have lost their respect for others due to arrogance, making them villains. A villain is someone that is so full of him or herself that they forget to keep the integrity of another…show more content…
This starts when Mayella claims that Tom Robinson raped her. Mayella was lonely and friendless, so approached Tom Robinson. After meeting up several times, she kissed him. When he did not return the kiss, she accused him of rape. This was not true, but Mayella was outraged. She couldn’t comprehend that a black man wouldn’t want to kiss a white woman. So when Tom couldn’t respond the way desired, she took it out on him. She completely ignored his will for her own sake, making her villainous.

Also, the jurors are villains because they hand over the case to Mayella because she is white and Tom is black. This is proven when Atticus says “In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.” (220) Atticus is saying that nobody in Maycomb would ever treat a black man the same as a white man. They completely forgot about their integrity. This makes them a villain because they are prejudiced against Tom Robinson.

Furthermore, a villain is someone who is conceited. Mr. Collins is a villain because he thinks he is better than everyone because of his wealth. This is like Mayella because she thinks she is a cut above because she is white. Mr. Collins doesn’t understand why someone wouldn’t want to marry him, so he tells Lizzie

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Collins are villains because of their unjust arrogance. An example of Mayella being villainous is when she finds herself kissing Tom Robinson. She knew that she was white and he was black, and he was considered below her. Yet he was a married man and true to his wife. Further, the jurors didn’t need to pay attention to the facts of the case due to their overpowering self respect. They knew that they and Mayella were white, so Mayella should win the case. And , Mr. Collins thought that Lizzie would want to marry him because he is such a great person, and she would want to keep his patron happy, and especially because she would miss out. Mr. Collins was so mean to Lizzie; he said that he was surprised his patron talked to her because she was so below her. But if you are telling someone that they should marry you because he or she will be full of regret, then I don’t think the person will be very happy, thus they will decline. It is like in Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. Alison was arrogant and mean and hated by many. She didn’t care what people thought, because she thought she was better than everybody. She said some awful things to people; awful enough to get her killed. So the next time you are proud of yourself, be proud. You can have your moment of being egotistic. However you need to keep in mind that your actions can affect other people, and your actions can affect you. As they say, think before you
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