To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Comparison Essay – To Kill a Mockingbird What happens when something is fought for the right cause? It is fought like how Atticus Finch fought for Tom Robinson in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Henry Lee, or like the warriors from the poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson? In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch defends an African American in court. Along the way, people turn on him, and attack his children. Atticus still lost in the end. In the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” an army of British Soldiers go to battle with a Russian Army. The Light Brigade fought even though they knew that they were outnumbered and would lose the battle. In the end they lost, but fought bravely. In both stories, the characters fought for what they what they believed in, both showed courage, and lost their battles. Atticus Finch is just like the soldiers in the “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” The first way in which Atticus finch is like the soldiers in “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is, they were both willing to fight for what is right. First of all, in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch says “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don't let em' get to your goal.” (76). Atticus tells Scout this because, Atticus is encouraging her to believe in what is right. Even if they are talking badly about Atticus, she is going to have to hold her head up high and not let people get to her, because Atticus is really doing the right thing. Secondly, in the “Charge of the Light Brigade,” Tennyson writes, “Boldly they rode and well into the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell, rode the six hundred. The Light Brigade is just like Atticus. They are both doing something dangerous and out of the ordinary to fight for what is right. The soldiers knew they would not come out alive, but they

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