A Change in Society in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Essay

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“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.” This quote by Edward Everett Hale means that if somebody wants to make a change in the world, even if it is a small thing, they have the power to. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is set during the 1930’s. There were different perspectives back then. African Americans did not have the same rights as white people did. This story is based around a society in which African Americans were not given the same chances as whites, and were lower in status. A man named Atticus Finch changes the viewpoint towards African Americans. In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper shows that one person can change society,…show more content…
Atticus knows that he is not going to win the case. He says, “It's when you know you're licked…and you see it through no matter what” (116).Being brave is more than just a physical act; it is a mental act as well. With courage, a person follows his or her honor and stays with their choices no matter what the cost is. Courage is trying when you know for a fact that you are going to fail. Atticus would rather fail with self-respect and integrity, then not trying at all. In addition to Atticus changing society on the tom Robinson case, but he also changes society at home.
The choices that Atticus made at home changed society as well. He teaches jem and scout important lessons that help the next generation change discrimination. For instance, when he says, “you never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view…” (30) Atticus teaches his children never to judge people. People never know what others are going through. Try to take a walk in their shoes and experience what they are going through. Atticus also teaches his children not to hurt or hate anyone that has done nothing them. When Atticus explains “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird…they do nothing… but bring joy to others” (90) He explains to his children that it is never right to kill someone. If somebody is a joy to others then that person should not be harmed in any way because they make others happy.
In conclusion, Harper Lee shows that one person can change society through the Tom
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