He showed courage within his daily life constantly. He made it a point and a continuous effort to raise his two kids Jem and Scout to grow up with a sense of pride. When Judge Taylor approached Atticus on the porch late at night in chapter 16, I knew he was only being appointed because Judge Taylor saw something in Atticus that made him fit to defend Tom Robinson. It takes a lot of courage to willingly defend someone who at the time was looking down upon because of the color of their skin. Adding on to the fact that Atticus wanted to teach his children to grow up free of prejudice; Atticus gives Scout an important life lesson.
Courage is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Many characters within To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee display courage. Whether they appear throughout the story, or just in one chapter, they make a significant impact. This story about rape, discrimination, and ethics is the perfect time for one to stand up for what they believe in, what they want to do, or what they want to change in their life or society. Furthermore, the characters that display courage within To Kill a Mockingbird all have something in common; they all want to do something for the better.
Atticus risks his reputation by showing empathy towards the black community by trying to help their community to be treated equally, he is rewarded with empathy by telling Walter Cunningham that he does not need to pay back his debt, and his final reward of empathy is teaching Scout and Jem the importance of empathy. Atticus risks his reputation that he has built up in the caste system when he takes on the case of working to defend Tom Robinson in attempts to gain equality for the black community. He knows that by defending a black man it will bring judgement down on his family, because many of the white citizens of Maycomb are racist and disagree with his beliefs. Atticus strongly
The modern classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee exposes the truth of society and teaches valuable life lessons to Scout and Jem about prejudice, moral courage, innocence of a mockingbird, and patience and tolerance. The characters, Scout, and her brother, Jem, are both children of the morally passionate lawyer, Atticus Finch, and both are exposed to the same experiences that shape their sense of right and wrong, yet, Scout and Jem come to dramatically different conclusions about good and evil and the essential nature of humankind. Understanding prejudice is one of the most valuable life lessons that Scout and Jem learn as they grow and mature. The children learn harsh lessons about the ways in which small towns and other close-knit communities can sometimes marginalize and devalue individuals who do not fit the mould. These two see things of which the older folks
In To Kill a Mockingbird, topics like stereotypes and inequality are mentioned in Atticus Finch’s Closing Argument. Both King and Finch create a persuasive case to overcome racism through the use of logos, ethos, and pathos. One of the first things that King and Finch use to increase the effectiveness of their speeches is logical appeals, or logos. Logos is valuable. They are facts, so they are not debatable.
“He also is willing to stand up against the odds-he knows he’s ‘licked’ before he even begins” (Text 2). Atticus knows he will not be able to win this case even if Tom Robinson is innocent. Unfortunately the town and the jury are corrupt and will not give Tom a fair trial. Almost anyone can see that Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson to show compassion through the “Golden Rule” and set an example for his children. Atticus is an idealist and knows what is right and what is wrong.
As Nelson Mandela wisely said “ I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee centers around the Finch family and the lessons that both Jem and Scout Finch learn as their father defends a black man accused of rape. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, we see the idea of true courage reflected in Jem Finch’s journey. Harper Lee paints a picture of true courage as it is, and Jem Finch takes this lesson to heart as he sees examples of true courage in his life.
A father must be there for the family to lean on, they have to be the core of the family. Without each of these traits a dad is not good at being a father. In the story “ To Kill A Mockingbird” Atticus Finch is a very good father. Atticus is willing to explain everything to Jem and Scout. Mr. Finch always expects good behavior out of Jem and Scout.
The first reason for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson is Atticus believes in intergrity. When Atticus is grist introduced in the novel ' To Kill A Mockingbird' Atticus is described as someone with intergrity. " Atticus the twin lawyer, tries to do what's best for his clients even if they don't listen to him." Atticus tries to have the best interest of others at heart. Many people In the town of Maycomb don't agree with Atticus and him taking on the case. "
Lee also expresses this theme through Scout. She learns how to use politeness to avoid conflict when she resists the urge to fight Cecil Jacobs (Lee 85). While Scout does not understand the significance of her refusal to fight, it marks the beginning of her learning how to combat criticism. Harper Lee uses the theme of diplomacy and respect to counter the hatred of racism and the theme can be effectively applied to real life. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee expresses themes through characters and actions to teach lessons about everyday life.
The mob tried to hurt Atticus to try to get to Tom. Atticus does not get upset about it, as he stated, “He might have hurt me a little, but son you’ll understand folks a little better when you get older.” Even though, Mr.Cunningham tried hurt Atticus, Atticus still told his children that, “Mr.Cunningham is a great friend he just has a few blind spots.” When Atticus decided that he was going to defend Tom Robinson, he knew it was not going to be easy. Atticus could find a way to turn a negative situation into a positive
To Kill a Mockingbird Jem, Scout, and Dill have courage throughout the novel as loyalty and strength is on their side. The main characters in the story show their growing relationships throughout the novel. There is a tight relationship between Jem, Scout, and Dill, they show that no matter what appends they will always stick by each other. To Kill a Mockingbird uses metaphors, personification, and allusion to convey the overall theme that teaches to not judge a book by
When in a courtroom, people must take a vow to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. By repeating this vow, the courtroom must have certainty that the people will honor their trust. Through dishonesty and stubbornness however, that honor and trust has been removed. Honor is crucial no matter the situation, so to compress the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird by eliminating scenes that encourage honor, discards a valuable principle for viewers to grasp. Atticus explains to Scout the reason as to why he must fight for Robinson is due to the fact that if he chose not to accept this case, his purpose for being who he is in this town would be meaningless.
Harper Lee explores prejudice in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ through the contrasting characters in Maycomb County and how these characters differ with others of similar roles in similar situations. This essay will look at the contrasting attitudes of the two fathers; Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell and how they are both involved in racial prejudice. Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia will also be compared in how their roles involving social prejudice differ. Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell are two fathers with clear contrasting morals which Lee uses to explore racial prejudice. Atticus is a kind and compassionate father who always intends to do what is right ‘if I didn 't I couldn 't hold up my head in town’.