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Identity Quotes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A person’s identity is not something that can be removed, It can only change over time. Some people may feel as if they have lost their identity, but they have not lost it. It is only hidden. Many people have different definitions of identity, but there should only be one, universal definition. The definition of identity is the values someone has, and how said person treats others. There are no two characters in To Kill a Mockingbird that differ in identity as much as Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell. Atticus is a man of the law. He defends Tom, an innocent man wrongly convicted, despite the flack his family get from it. “‘ My folks said your daddy was a disgrace an’ that nigger oughta hang from the water tank!’” (Lee 76) He sets a good example for his children. He calls everyone he know ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma'am’.…show more content…
He treats his children with respect, and explains things to them instead of leaving them in the dark. “‘For a number of reasons,’ said Atticus. ‘ The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn” hold my head up in tow, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.’“(Lee 75) He has had an enormous amount of opportunities to lash out and be cruel. He knew Mayella was lying on the witness stand. He could have been rude to her and make fun of her, but he treated her like he did everyone else. He had the opportunity to physically hurt Bob Ewell after Bob spits on him, but he leaves Bob be. He refuses to hurt those less fortunate or less educated. Even going as far as quitting hunting. “‘I think maybe he put his gun down when he realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things.’” (Lee 98) He is an expert at seeing things from other people’s perspective. He even tells Scout to “You knew really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” (Lee 279) Bob could not be any more different from Atticus. The Ewell family is the lowest ranking white family in Maycomb. “White people wouldn’t have
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