Due to Atticus's firm belief in the Golden Rule and the fact he must live with himself before others and tries to teach his children the right thing to do, it makes sense for him to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus must live with himself before he can live with others. In the novel, Atticus even says, "Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." This clearly illustrates how Atticus must do what he thinks is right because he can only live for himself and not others.
He clarifies that he could not face his community any longer, nor c... ... middle of paper ... ...occur in the story, including Bob Ewell’s attack on Jem and Scout, and when the grateful fans of Mr. Finch bring him thanks, would not have occurred had Atticus chosen to dismiss the case. Parenting is a challenge in itself. Finding the proper balance to raising children to be happy and healthy adults can be difficult. Atticus is faced with these normal problems, as well as the choice of whether or not to put his children’s lives in danger in order to defend what is just. Though accepting Tom Robinson’s case was not the easy solution, or the answer that most parents would find, by making this choice, Atticus improved his own life as well as the lives as numerous people around him.
In regards to raising his children, Atticus had his own method to spread his message. Atticus Finch’s mission was to teach his children a life lesson about perseverance from fighting, courage, and most importantly, that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Atticus has told Jem and Scout to never physically fight under any circumstances because there are many other ways of solving problems. Punching someone with your fist does not cure the problem it only mentally calms you down. He thought his children not to fight physically because he believes it is not a resolution to the problem.
However, though Atticus is not a hero of the novel as many readers think, he is a well-rounded and well developed character. As a father, he always makes every effort to tell his children nothing but the truth; as a citizen, Atticus is courteous and gentlemanly to everyone in town, and as a lawyer, Atticus takes on a case with the dedication that no other white man would have – even when he knew that he was most likely going to fail. Every character has their pros and cons, some outweigh each other while some balance each other out. So although Atticus is not a very good role model for young lawyers, his gentleman-like nature is an exemplary photo for young, growing men.
By following his passion, Neil disobeys his father, which is an act a child should never do. In addition, Neil’s inspiration from Mr. Keating makes him decide to reestablish the Dead Poets Society. Again, this is might seem positive, but it is a negative influence. By reestablishing the Dead Poets Society, he is challenging the school’s authority. Furthermore, Neil tries to tell his father his true feelings about being “controlled.” This would be a positive influence because it shows that Neil has gained some courage.
Atticus, however, does not want his children to feel that what he did was an example of real courage. Perhaps the most courageous thing Atticus had to do was defending Tom Robinson. The lesson he teaches Scout is that real courage is shown when you know you’re beat but you try anyway. “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win“(76). Atticus knows he will not win the case, but his morals tell him to try anyway.
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.
Rahim-Khan assures Baba that Amir simply does not possess aggressiveness and upon hearing this, Amir begins to mistreat Hassan. Baba believes in doing the right thing even if it means sacrificing his own life, while Amir just wants to do what benefits him. Baba is very emotionally distant from his son because Amir is not a reflection of him which frustrates him. Baba even confesses that, "If [he] hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of [his] wife with [his] own eyes, [he’d] never believe he’s [his] son” (24). Their personalities contrast greatly which is why Baba is Amir’s foil.
In spite of the fact that David had already designated his Loyalty to his family, he felt his loyalty was tested during the investigation. Davids instincts told him that the right thing to do was superset his father, but with his mother encouraging him to abandon his father, David felt he should neglect his instincts. For example, when the four men were sent by his grandfather to retrieve Unc... ... middle of paper ... ...se. he reassured her that he had got the confusion from Frank and would have him moved to jail the next morning. This situation was conflicting because Wes has to be afraid of his own brother in order to keep the interest of everyone else in mind.
Ironically, though Atticus is a heroic figure in the novel and a respected man in Maycomb; but neither Jem nor Scout idolizes him at the beginning of the novel. Both are embarrassed that he is older than other fathers and that he doesn't hunt or play football. But Atticus' wise parenting, which he sums up in Chapter 30 by saying, "Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I've tried to live so I can look squarely back at him", Wins Scout and Jem's respect. So in the five chapters of the trial Atticus is presented with true courage. The chapters leading up to the trial show how personally this trial is affecting Atticus.