Mary Sarton explains that,”One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being”. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the more prominent figures in the book is the father of Scout and Jem, Atticus Finch. He serves as the voice of reason for the audience, his children, and himself. He gives life lessons to both Scout and Jem that shape who they are as a person, especially towards the end of the novel with the encounter of Bob Ewell and Boo Radley. Throughout the novel, Atticus symbolizes the virtue of humility.
If someone went against all the social norms today to protect the wellbeing of someone else, or to do what is right, would it be considered courage? Harper lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, told a story of two children and their father’s battle to win equality in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Jean Louise, also known as Scout and her brother Jeremy, or Jem, witnessed their father, Atticus Finch, fight society to earn Tom Robinson freedom. When Tom is accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell, Mr. Finch is chosen to represent him in court because he is the only man in Maycomb who sees him as an equal. In To Kill a Mockingbird Lee shows us many examples of her idea of courage; Atticus saves from the mob, as well as representing him in court, and Boo Radley saves Scout and Jem.
He has taught everyone around him the importance of looking at different perspectives. Atticus once explained how it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because all they do is make music and bring joy to the world, this is the most important quote because it is the most realistic saying to be heard. Atticus has quiet dignity, courageous, and is a powerful father figure to everyone around him and his children. Atticus is always bringing joy and hope to everyone around him. In this story, Atticus is the protector of the mocking
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, there are many examples of the themes of individuality and belonging. Atticus Finch is definitely a perfect model of personal integrity and individuality, as he fights for the innocence of Tom Robinson, falsely accused of rape, as well as his own beliefs. A good example of this would be when Jem makes the observation of his father, Atticus, as he realizes, "It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived," (Chapter 11). Jem believes his dad is a hero in his own right because of his moral commitment to the law and to justice. Atticus goes against the grain of the majority that would rather see Tom proven guilty for a crime he did not even commit.
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.
[Francis said he reckoned I got told, for me to just sit there and leave him alone. ' I ain't bother I said...] (Lee 84) Jem and Scout show themselves as brave and confident through many situations in To Kill A Mockingbird, but they have a little help and push through the book. Jem and Scout defends their father as he is being teased for defending a black man. Jem takes on the challenge of confronting the Radley's house. And Scout defend his father as her cousin bosses his father
Creative Title Many people believe integrity is one of the most important traits to have. Nowhere is this concept more prevalent than in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In the town of Maycomb, racism and prejudice are so deeply ingrained in society, they impact every aspect of daily life, including the justice system and one’s right to a fair and equal trial. Despite this fact, Atticus Finch is wise to accept Tom Robinson’s case due to the benefits to both his children and his community. By choosing to defend Tom Robinson, Atticus is choosing to teach his children morals and the value of standing up for what they believe in, rather than letting them fall victim to the racist hivemind of Maycomb.
In the novel, To Kill a MockingBird, Harper Lee illustrates the harsh treatment receive from the townspeople’s when he is order to defend Tom Robinson. When talking to his brother, Jack, Atticus explains that he hopes that his children will not catch Maycomb’s usual disease of racism and prejudice, he hopes his children will come to him. “I just hope that Jem and Scout come to me for their answers, instead of listening to the town.” When Scout asked Atticus if he was really a n***** lover, Atticus responded “I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody... I'm hard put, sometimes—baby, it's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name.
“It is a sin to kill a mockingbird” this quote is from the novel To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee. This story takes place in a rural very racially tense city called Maycomb. Everything is seen from the perspective of a little girl that goes by Scout. Jean Louise Finch (Scout) lives with her brother Jem and her father Atticus, Scout's father Atticus is a lawyer that decide to take a very controversial case defending a black man named Tom Robinson. In the novel the readers learn about the importance of integrity which means always doing the right thing.
Atticus taught me many things about being courageous. For example, he knew he probably wasn’t going to win the Tom Robinson case yet he still gave it his all which showed his loyalty towards Tom. His children learned something from a great man like what color you are doesn’t define who you truly are inside. Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.