Wisdom In To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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The Ballad of Atticus Finch
In to Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents the idea that wisdom is demonstrated by having already experienced what has happened or what is about to happen. Social justice requires wisdom because one's self has to know what they are dealing with and how to handle it. The character of Atticus Finch displays wisdom by not picking sides because of color on Tom’s case, by understanding the money problem that the Cunnigham’s had and by understanding his physical limitations when Jem and Scout want to play
Atticus is wise because he knows it is unfair to be racist in this era and definitely with the job that he has. Atticus demonstrates wisdom be telling Scout about how it is unfair to cheat a colored man by saying
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Atticus displays wisdom by trust in the Cunnigham’s to pay him back “Not in money”. Atticus said “but before the year is out i'll have been paid. You watch”(lee 20). Atticus knew that Mr.Cunnigham had money problems and he understood that he was not going to get paid back right away, but Atticus trusted him knowing that he would pay him back over time.
Atticus is wise because he does not give up on his task because of his age. At Jem’s age now he is all about football “Atticus was never too tired to play keep-away, but when Jem wanted to tackle him Atticus would say, i’m too old for that, son” (Lee 89). Atticus knows he is an older father, so he knows he cannot do some of the physical activities that other fathers can. He makes up for the physical demands by giving them advice for the future.
Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, it is noticeable that Atticus has various roles as a father, lawyer, and social crusader. In Atticus’ many roles he shows courage and behavior, in many instances, throughout the story. By standing up for what he believed in a civilized and determined way. His strongest motivation, however, were his kids. He wanted to set a prime example for his kids and instill in them with a strong sense of moral values and he did exactly
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