To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay

1020 Words May 31st, 2013 5 Pages
The Defender "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it" (Lee 30). Atticus Finch says these words to his daughter, Scout, after he elucidates to her why it is important to not be quick to judge a book by its cover . In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mocking Bird, the main conflicts are centered around prejudice. In the tiny town of Maycomb, everybody is set on tradition and there is no room for oddity. Atticus Finch breaks down the walls that everybody else builds up about first and lasting impressions, slowly but surely. Atticus Finch is a discreet example of practicing equality because he espouses the outcasts of Maycomb. When Atticus sees …show more content…
Dubose's plants, Atticus makes him read to her, as a punishment to Jem and an apology to Mrs. Dubose. Although Jem tells his father that he destroyed the plants because of the antagonizing comments that came out of her mouth about Atticus, he chooses to discipline Jem and do an act of kindness to Mrs. Dubose. Atticus even defends her with sweet words by telling his son, "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her view, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew" (93). Racism plays a major factor in the story. The entire town of Maycomb has tradition embedded in their hearts, and negroes are not a part of the tradition. Atticus agrees to defending Tom Robinson, a black man, in court. Although Atticus knows that Tom will not be acquitted, he does anyway, and he does and says anything he can to let Maycomb know that Tom in innocent. Bob and Mayella Ewell are the prosecutors against Tom and they are lying and deceiving Maycomb by making up a false testimony saying that Tom raped Mayella. Atticus finds this out and does anything he can to put a stop to it. When the town hears that Atticus is defending a negro, he gets a bunch of hate but

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