This man follows the Optimum Learning Expectations for how Upland High wishes their graduates to behave, but he never attended the school. This man is Atticus Finch of Maycomb, Alabama. The father of Jem and Scout Finch in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, he is seen throughout the book portraying the attributes of a good citizen. The novel tells the story of the Finch children and their attempts to meet the mysterious hermit who lives on their street, Boo Radley. At the same time, their father, a prominent lawyer in the area, has to battle for Tom Robinson, an African American in Maycomb, to be found innocent on a trial over his alleged rape of Mayella Ewell.
Released in 1988, writers Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow created a compelling story by introducing many to the world of autism. These two writers brilliantly plotted the dramatic story of a brother's greed developing into love in the 1988 Oscar winning movie Rain Man. Charlie Babbitt, the first main character played by Tom Cruise, is an arrogant, selfish businessman, striving to be wealthy, but his business is failing. The second main character in the film is Raymond Babbitt, played by Dustin Hoffman, who is an autistic savant who lives and is cared for at a mental institution. Charlie receives word that his father, whom he hasn't had contact with in years, has deceased.
There is a boxing match and also an electric carpet, but the boy preservers through them all. At the end he is finally given a chance to deliver his speech. Although the men are being inattentive, the superintendent rewards the boy with a briefcase and a scholarship to the State College for Negroes. Through humiliation, the main character demonstrates from his grandfathers dying words what’s necessary to overcome racial inequalities. The young man’s grandfather’s dying words mean a lot to him and his family.
The four main characters who truly show bravery and courage are Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, Heck Tate and most of all Scout. Atticus stepped out of his comfort zone as soon as he had left the family property, an area of land that was to be inherited by the oldest male member of each generation. He also went to pursue a field that he was not particularly interested in, criminal law. Not only does he fail at his first two cases, but he then proceeds to take a case which he knows that he will lose. During the testimony of Tom Robinson, an African American man who is accused of raping a white woman, the evidence presented by Atticus clearly proves Tom’s innocence but considering the prejudice of the 1930’s towards African Americans, the jury thinks that Tom Robinson should be killed.
William Faulkner’s An Odor of Verbena – An Act of Courage William Faulkner’s short story "An Odor of Verbena" is the tale of a young, Southern man, Baynard Sartoris, who must come to terms with his father’s sudden (but not entirely unexpected) murder. Because this murder takes place in the decade following the Civil War, young Baynard is faced with the South’s ancient honorary code. This code dictates that, as the only son of his father, he must avenge this death. Should Baynard fail to retaliate on his father’s behalf by confronting the murderer, Redmond, who once was his father’s business partner, both Baynard and his family would lose face within their community. Faulkner uses the two primary women of the story to represent the two options open to young Baynard—each is trying to pull him in an opposite direction.
This powerful movie explores its characters thoroughly and gives reasons why people become so callous and turn towards a racist group. It also exposes insight to problems that plague America when it comes to racism in everyday life, from schoolyards to basketball courts. All together American History X presents its watchers with an impressive theme that makes everyone who watches it take a step back and just say, “WOW!” The main characters are two brothers, Derek and Danny, and the way they became involved with the Neo-Nazist’s ideas are different, yet the same. Derek the older of the two by five years, is first influenced by his late father. One night at the dinner table they discussed what he was reading in English and Derek told him Native Son.
During those three years he was incarcerated and was sentenced to labor at the Parchman Prison Farm. He is considered to be the most impulsive and prideful character in the play. Boy Willie believes he is of equal standing to the white man despite his racial background. He wants to sell the piano in order to “avenge” his father’s namesake while at the same time leaving his mark in the world despite his sister’s opposition in order to create his own legacy. He doesn’t believe the battle between black and white exists and that it‘s nothing more than a memory.
Hard Eight The story of P. T. Anderson’s Hard Eight, as made clear in the latter half of the film, is a story of redemption. Sidney, played by Phillip Baker Hall, is an ex-mobster responsible for the death of John’s father. Stricken with grief and regret, Sidney assumes the father figure role in John’s life. In finding John down on his luck, Sidney takes him under his wing and makes John his own apprentice. Teaching John how to play the casinos and live the life of a full time gambler, Sidney grows to love John as if he were his own son.
Derek, himself was a reformed skinhead, who while incarcerated in prison for manslaughter, learned of the realities of prison life and the hypocrisies that existed in his racial theology. Unable to change his violent past, Derek makes certain upon release to change his younger brother’s direction in life. The next day after he was able to remove both he and his brother from their white-supremist gang, a black gang member in the school bathroom guns down Danny. Although Danny’s death came at such an inopportune time for the family, it seemed to illustrate the director’s vision. The racial tension littered throughout the narrative had to come to head eventually.
Pariah, noun, an outcast; any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided. Pariahs aren’t necessarily bad people. In fact, in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee copyright © 1960, some pariahs are nothing but misunderstood heroes. The book takes place in the 1930’s, in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama during the time of the great depression. The protagonists of the book are Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the 6-year-old child narrator; her older brother determined to grow up to be like his father, Jeremy “Jem” Atticus Finch; the lawyer defending a black man on charge for raping a white woman in a deeply racist America, her father, Atticus Finch; and Arthur “Boo” Radley, the town specter, a pariah who is never seen and considered evil by most.