Can you imagine yourself in a situation where people treat you like trash because of your skin color. In Harper Lee’s novel, To kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a white lawyer who has two children named Scout and Jem. Atticus has to defend an innocent man named Tom Robinson, who was accused on a crime he didn’t commit and was killed because of his skin color. Atticus is facing many problems such as racism because Tom Robinson is a colored person. The most important thing in To kill a Mockingbird is Injustice, Love and Sacrifice, and Power of words.
This just shows that Bob was trying to get back at Atticus for trying to defend a black man against him and his daughter in court. Mr. Ewell was furious and took his rage out on two children that weren’t as near as strong as he was. So, in the end everyone realizes that Atticus was right to stand up for Tom Robinson. Although Atticus did possess great power at the end of the book, he didn’t have this power in the beginning when basically all the odds were against him. “ ‘You know what we want,’ another man said.
True Courage-To Kill A Mockingbird Steve Maraboli once said, “It takes bravery to recognize where in your life you are your own poison… it takes courage to do something about it.” The two words, bravery, and courage are often used interchangeably. Although they both refer to dauntlessness and intrepidity, further examination of their meanings reveals that, contrary to popular belief, they are not synonyms. Bravery refers to the ability to fearlessly confront a dangerous or difficult task while courage has the more complicated meaning of being able to preserve through overwhelming situations despite being engulfed by fear. Courage, unlike bravery, is not feeling more powerful than the obstacle one is facing rather it is the force that allows an individual to continue to
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is a black man who is wrongly accused and tried for the crime of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, and is being defended by his lawyer, Atticus Finch. According to the book it’s written “I guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own.” This shows how Tom struggled emotionally because Tom was emotionally tired of being controlled by others, letting others have the opportunity to control his life and what happened to his family. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Tom ran for it even though he knew there were high risks of him being killed, which shows how the caged bird in the poem “Caged Bird” is much like him. In the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou, the caged bird is compared and contrasted to a free bird and by examining the circumstances of Tom Robinson’s life, I say that he is very much like the caged bird. For instance, in stanza two it’s stated “His wings are clipped and/ His feet are tied/ So he opens his throat to sing.” If we compare the bird’s wings to Tom Robinson’s hope, the feet to his heart, and his action of running to the action of opening his throat to sing, we can visualize the song that Tom Robinson would sing, one about him losing hope and not wanting anyone to control his life anymore, and so in this manner he is very much like the
Crooks was the most lonely person in the book.We couldn't find out what Crooks real name was but Crooks had been named Crooks because of his crooked back accident caused by a horse. He was African american in a racist environment.Crooks has a temper because of the racism or when people invade his privacy. Lennie tried to be his friend. He didn't trust Lennie because he thought he was disliked by everyone. He was African american and he just doesn't trust anybody because he never had a friend.
The Importance of Courage The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy- MLK Jr. This quote is the perfect way to summarize the important lessons learned by Jem and Scout Finch in To KIll A Mockingbird. They learn these important lessons through various events and characters such as Tom robinson and his trial, Atticus Finch, and Mrs.Dubose. These events and characters shape Jem and Scout and the reader learns these lessons vicariously through them. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee the development of the characters of Jem and Scout display the importance of Courage as well as the evils of racism and prejudice.
In the South, it was very rare for anyone, especially, during his era to represent and understand that colored people and every type of person deserved equality. Atticus represented Tom Robinson, an African American male, who was said to of raped a white woman. Even though, the whole town of Maycomb resented and malignantly talked about Atticus and his family for his actions. Consequently, Atticus was bashed for representing Tom, and his children often got into confrontations with other Maycomb residents, and even fights. However, Atticus knew the consequences of acting upon this case and that it was only right to represent Tom as his attorney, for Tom had rights to have someone appointed to represent him in court.
Boo and the Finches have never talked before, yet he risked his life for Jem and Scout. He managed to step out of his comfort zone for the benefit of others. Boo Radley, also known as Arthur Radley, is not recognized well enough for his heroic and valiant actions in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Every person has more than just external bravery. Mrs. Dubose demonstrates this by fighting her internal battle of her morphine addiction. She had enough courage and determination to become free of her illness before she died.
Boo Radley put a blanket over Scout when she was cold and there was a fire going on at Miss Maudie’s place. The other example Tom Robinson can also be proven as a good person. Everyone thought he was guilty of raping Mayella Ewell as she had accused him and there was no way he could be innocent as he was a Negro and people pretty much saw Negroes as scum. However the evidence such as the fact that Mayella was beaten on the left side of her face while Tom’s left arm is mangled so he can’t use it and there’s no way he could've used his arm to beat her. Atticus has a very strong argument that Tom Robinson was innocent and that he was actually a good person on the inside who would never hurt a fly.
Albeit Tom has the truth on his side and an accomplished lawyer, he is still impotent against the prominent stigma regarding black men and rape. Mrs. Farrow, as well as many others in Jim Crow, associate these stereotypes with Tom, deeming him guilty before the trial begins. Therefore, just like mockingbirds, he has no means to protect himself against the larger power at hand, be that merciless hunters or societal
Harper Lee once wrote that “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what”. Moral courage means doing the right thing despite the risk of any consequences. Anyone can have moral courage, no matter who you are. Many authors often use different literary elements to develop themes in their writings. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the literary elements mood and imagery to teach her audience about doing the right thing or moral courage.
In ¨To Kill a Mockingbird¨, bravery is represented by Scout, Atticus and Mrs. Dubose. They present courage and strength throughout part 1. Scout is loyal and courageous against bullies who talk bad about Atticus. Atticus is strong to defend a black man although everyone else says it’s wrong. Mrs. Dubose is a courageous woman who holds in the secret of an addiction to herself.
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 93). This bird symbolizes of an innocent man. Children of Mr. Finch desired to kill the bird in a harmless neighbor Arthur Radley, from who they did the imagination monster.