Essay On Atticus Finch Good Vs Evil

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In a world of so much evil, could people possibly be good? This is a question on the minds of many adults in Maycomb County. In the story To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch shows how good and evil can coexist in people, and it’s up to the individual to choose to focus on the good. Atticus has lived in Maycomb County his whole life and is a respected lawyer and the father of Jeremy Finch, or Jem, who is twelve, and Jean Louis Finch, or Scout, who is eight. Through the innocent eyes of Jem and Scout the world seems full of good. The only evils they know are “hot spots,” or ghost, which they both deny believing in and the mysteries of the Radley’s, their creepy neighbors, whom they avoid at all cost. When their father is assigned to defend an African American man accused of raping a white girl some of the town turns against him. Jem and Scout are forced to experience the harsh evil side of some people. By the end of To Kill a Mocking bird they both have grown to a more mature understanding of good and evil, and the importance of looking for the good in people and accepting…show more content…
Many people around town from adults to kids, friends to stranger, and even family have harsh things to say about their father’s decision to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus’ moral standards and genuinely good heart give him the encouragement he needs to avoid his critics and do what he knows to be the right thing. Scout and Jem on the other hand, have less experience and don’t know how to take the criticism. On one instance, around Christmas, Scout gets in a fight with her cousin Francis after he makes fun of Atticus and calls her a very rude name. “This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth.” (Page 96) Scout was punished for her reaction, but this experience helped her learn how to be the bigger person and control her anger toward people who are harsh toward

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