Even though he is innocent, because he is black, there is almost no chance he will win. As Atticus says, "In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins" (Lee 249). Tom has a right to justice too, but society thinks he does not deserve it because he is different. Next is the Finch family. They are not black and are well respected by the community, until Atticus is assigned to defend Tom.
A person might not really know a person until they live in someone else’s shoes. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout a maturing lost young girl learns to see the world by living in someone else’s skin. Although Boo Radley is seen as a monster through the eyes of a small town of Maycomb , It is through Scouts maturity and her view of Maycomb that she is able to see Boo as a man and not a monster. Being different is a sin to some people and especially in the prejudice town of Maycomb especially for Boo Radley a misunderstood boy is seen as weird and different. Hiding from the world or just the strange world of Maycomb county was seen as odd, and many people made up stories about Boo saying he was crazy and strange.
Atticus Finch As My Influence Atticus Finch was a man who fought for what he believed in. What he believed in was justice; the quality of being fair and reasonable. He is an influence on me for mainly that reason. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch played Scout’s father and a lawyer; a good one at that. Racism was not a thing of Atticus and he raised his children alone to feel the same way.
In the fourth chapter of “To Kill A Mocking Bird” Harper Lee delineates a mood of Heroic integrity. The setting of the story is in the fictional town of Maycomb Alabama. This epic adventure begins with three children’s curiousness of the Radley’s house. One day Scout, her brother Jem and cousin Dill are playing in the front yard of their house with a really old tire. Scout is fooled by her brother to be the first to ride in it unaware that he was furious for her offensive comment on hot steams.
Courage of a Mockingbird Someone that has courage is very brave, strong minded and willing to face any kind of danger. In the story To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee the theme of courage is used all throughout the story. The narrator is Scout Finch; she lives in Maycomb Alabama with her brother Jem Finch and her dad Atticus Finch. Jem and Scout have a summer time friend named Dill, and they like to play a game about a mysterious neighbor named Boo Radley, but he is kept inside from the outside world. Atticus is a lawyer and is assigned a case to defend an African American named Tom Robinson, who was accused of raping a white girl named Mayella Ewell.
The Coexistence of Good and Evil When a person takes his or her first steps into the world, he or she will finally be able to get a taste of the good and the bad in life. In the story “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the author Harper Lee displays the theme through the perspective of an innocent young girl, Scout, as she begins to reveal more about the world she lives in. Coexistence of good and evil is revealed through a case of an accused African American, causing not only Scout but the rest of the characters to change their perspectives towards their community. Through the contrasting beliefs and actions of the characters, the coexistence of both good and evil is exposed. Exploring and understanding different characters decisions and beliefs truly helps reveal human morality.
Atticus is a single father struggling to raise two children of his own, which is not easy by any means, especially if the children are witty and stubborn. Throughout it all he shares his wisdom and outlook on life with them and teaches them to become more mature and caring. Atticus is an attorney who decides to defend a black man by the name of Tom Robinson. The citizens within the town of Maycomb disapprove highly of his decision, but Atticus sticks it through even though he is faced with fights, threats, and even attacks on his children. He says to his daughter Scout, “If I didn’t defend him [Tom], I couldn’t hold my head up in town, I couldn’t represent this country in legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again (Lee pg.
Atticus is a very intelligent man who had very good morals and therefore knows the difference from right and wrong. He uses his career to bring justice and fairness into a town that supports racial inequality and prejudice. Atticus does not stand for this immoral injustice and challenges the stubborn mind of racists throughout his town He also proves to be a good role model for his daughter Scout when he shares with her some of his wisdom, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . .
Scout’s innocence and immaturity is exposed when she is teased in her schoolyard by a boy named Cecil Jacobs. Cecil announces to the school children that, “Scout Finch’s daddy (defends) niggers.” Scout, realizing she is being teased, denies these accusations. That evening she asks her father if he “defends niggers.” He tells her not to speak that way and that he is, in fact, representing a black man in court. Atticus explains to Scout that even though his actions are frowned upon, he has chosen to defend Tom Robinson because he feels morally obligated. He tells her that if he chose not to represent Tom he couldn’t expect her or Jem to ever regard his words highly again, nor could he expect to “hold up (his) head in town.” By explaining this to Scout, Atticus is teaching her that it is important to stand up for your own morals and beliefs.
After Atticus finishes his cross-examination of Mr. Ewell, Jem whispers excitedly, “We got him.” In fact, he’s sure the jury will acquit Robinson. Scout’s a little more skeptical, but is not disillusioned at the jury’s decision. They suddenly realize their fellow neighbors aren’t quite as decent and honorable as they seem. If that’s true, maybe Maycomb isn’t so great, either. This story was told from Scout’s point of view; which made for a very entertaining read.