Why Does Atticus Take A Stand For To Kill A Mockingbird

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Everyone has had to take a stand for someone at some point in their life, sometimes it's risky, and sometimes it’s dangerous, but you have to face it and stand up for what you believe in and fight against the odds. In Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”, A lawyer named Atticus has to defend a black man called Tom Robinson, who was accused of raping a white girl named Mayella Ewells. In the 1930s, racism was common in Maycomb County, and it was no easy task to defend a man of color. Atticus takes a stand for Tom Robinson, And it would make sense why, since Atticus holds an open-minded personality, and treats everyone as equals. He is a determined person and tries to think empathetically. He wants to give everyone an equal chance.

No matter the race or gender, Atticus is someone to treat everyone equally–He is unprejudiced. When trying to defend Tom in court, he says this. “But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal- there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a …show more content…

"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 just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you." (Page 124.) In the story, Ms. Dubose (a mean neighbor) often yells insults relating to Atticus, and when his daughter Scout talks to Atticus about this, Atticus still treats her equally, he doesn't hate, and remains content. “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.” (Page 33.) This quote relates to empathy, and it isn't good to judge people quickly, a person must fully understand what they themselves went through. Atticus knows Tom hasn't done anything wrong, he is a “clean living” person. It would make sense for Atticus to defend someone who hasn't done anything

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