To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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This year is the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird. Even though times have changed quite a bit from the 1930’s to the present day it still remains a timeless classic. One may wonder why it still remains beloved by young and old. What is it in To Kill a Mocking bird that still speaks to us so powerfully today? Perhaps it is the quality of Atticus’s attitude throughout the novel. The childlike fantasies between right and wrong or the concept of society and how it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Atticus Finch is a lawyer from the small southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. He is asked to defend a Negro by the name of Tom Robison who has been accused of beating and raping Miss Mayella Ewell. Atticus accepts and soon people start calling him a “nigger-lover.” Throughout the entire novel Atticus is determined to do a good job defending Tom. He tells Scout, his daughter, to not fight anyone that says anything bad about him defending Tom. He tells her that he must argue it to uphold his sense of justice and self-respect. When she asks if he should not be defending him then why is he, he reply’s “For a number of reasons. The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold my head up in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, and I couldn’t tell you or Jem not to do something again.” (pg. 100) it is said in the novel that Atticus “acts the same in public as he does in his own house,” meaning that he acts no different in the public eye than he does behind a closed door. Throughout the novel he never changes his attitude. He always plans to defend Tom the best he can and set his goal on winning. He even goes as far as sitting outside Tom’s jail cell to protect him from a mob. He believes in justice and the law. The child like fantasies of right and wrong are portrayed throughout To Kill a Mockingbird through Jem and Scout. For example, when Atticus is

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