Atticus addresses this idea because he understands that him not taking this case, and going against everything he’s ever stood for, could not make a good example for his kids. If he expects them to have value and structure in their life, he must be their coach. Evident throughout the novel, he teaches honesty and equality to both Jem and Scout. Granted that he would later face hatred
This shows that atticus is not like the other people in Maycomb he considers every man to be equal to one another. Judge Taylor comes to Atticus to defend Tom Robinson because he knows he’s the only man in Maycomb that is fit to do to the job, and do it fairly. While thinking about taking the offer Atticus firsts thinks about his kids and how it will affect their lives. Atticus says “…do you think I could face my children otherwise? You know what’s going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb’s usual disease.
It is estimated that two African-Americans were killed through lynching every week between 1880 and 1920. Others who demonstrated enough courage to stand up to protect these victims of racism were also risked with lynching. Courage, specifically the “courage to fight for what you believe is right” was a key factor in the civil rights movement. It is also present in the book “To kill a mockingbird” predominantly in the protagonists and those whom they work to protect. The antagonists, society in the fictional town of Maycomb itself, show little courage or pity throughout the story.
Although optimism is clearly shown in Chris’ words his ideals are not to be mixed with dreams for they could be a reality. All throughout the play Chris is convincing people to believe in his reality. Some of them, the Doctor for example, believe that Chris is right and a life that is not so money centered is possible. Others, the Doctor’s wife for example, on the other hand, do no take Chris seriously because of his young age and poor experience in carrying out his own ideas. She expresses that by saying that Chris should go and work on his own before he preaches others.
Atticus tells Scout he would not be able to show his face in town if he does not defend Mr. Robinson because he would be going against everything he believes in for what others what him to do. The people of Maycomb trust Atticus to stand up for what is right when no one else has the courage. Miss Maudie says, "Whether Maycomb knows it or not, we're paying the highest t... ... middle of paper ... ...imand his children if he cannot do the right thing. It makes sense for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson. A large part of Atticus's character involves following the Golden Rule.
In my opinion, whatever the social agency had planned to help his family, I would say dividing someone’s family is the very worst choice. They can be stronger if they stick together even in a hard time. And I had always believed that family institution contributes incredible power in a person well-being. As Mot... ... middle of paper ... ...vists died but it is not dying that he fear. He even said that he may not seeing the book gets published.
They learn the meaning of the world “brave” from their father, learn how to respect others, and believe in themselves from Atticus. Atticus is brave, tries his best to defend Tom Robinson, and is not afraid of the threats from other people. He is one of the few people in Maycomb who notices that racial discrimination is wrong. Jem and Scout don’t understand Atticus at the beginning of the book, but due to some events
He wanted to be a good example to his kids and instill in them a strong sense of moral values. One time he was asked by Scout why he had taken a case he knew he wasn't going to win and he responded by saying, "For a number of reasons. The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again." (Lee 100) In other words, he wouldn't have the face to preach to his kids about justice and standing up for what one believes when he himself had not stood for what he believed in. But, most of all he does it to uphold his self-worth.
A person's actions can greatly affect the lives of the people around them. In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus is an only parent and a role model for his kids Jem and Scout. Although his choice to oppose the communities way of life has a strong affect on his family, to Atticus doing what is right means the world to him and he's willing to let his family suffer a little for what he thinks is the greater good. Atticus's choice to live a life without prejudice and racism affects the way the community looks at and treats his family; Scout is the one who is mostly affected. Atticus's being a "nigger lover" is the talk of the town.
This principle comes into play later for Atticus when he is appointed to be the defense lawyer for Tom Robinson. Many member of Maycomb believe it is foolish for him to accept the case but Atticus tells Scout that the case is “something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience-Scout I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man” (87). The fact the Atticus does not want anyone else to have the case establishes his belief he is one of the only noble people who would truly fight for the justice that Tom deserves. Atticus wants Scout to know that his conscience is telling him to do the case and that he would not be able to live with himself if he let another person brush over the case with a corrupted mind. After Tom is convicted guilty, it appears that only a few of Maycomb’s residents view it as an act of injustice.