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The Importance Of Unification In To Kill A Mockingbird

In today’s society, it isn’t uncommon to see individuals abandon their values in order to fit in. Unification is a very powerful concept and people often tend to surround themselves with others whether they have the same beliefs or not. This inclination further leads to the desertion of truth and ethics as they throw everything they’ve ever known into the wind in order to avoid drawing attention to oneself. Although self-identity and one’s morals are notably difficult to discover and hold true to, the effects abandoning them has on one’s character is continually mentioned in the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel tells the story of a small white family, the Finches, who live in a quaint Alabama town known as Maycomb. The father…show more content…
Since the beginning, Atticus was pictured as an adequate father figure who treated "[his children] with courteous detachment" (6). He never was very emotional, always collected and patient. Though his children believe he acted accordingly simply because he was old and feeble, the further you read into his character you find that he has always had this sense of justice and honor. While most of the novel revolves around Tom’s trial, Atticus faced challenges within himself before he took the case. Despite the fact that he was aware that he would not win “simply because [they] were licked a hundred years before [they] started” (76), he proceeded to defend Tom. Though many people found this act questionable and even infuriating, it was simple to decide when it came down to Atticus ' values. He humbly did not see why the color of someone 's skin should be able to convict them. As a lawyer, he fought against truth and lie and immediately knew that his soon to be client, Tom Robinson, was indeed telling the truth. By taking the case, Atticus held true to his former beliefs. He simply was not willing to give away any part of himself in order to please his community. Additionally, Atticus decides to invest himself in the case because of the example he wanted to make for his young children. Atticus reasoned with Scout that he couldn’t face them, or “couldn’t even tell [her] or Jem not to do something again” (75), if he weren 't to go to trial with Tom. 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
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