A Wise And Caring Man

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Sara Zahed Mrs. Briggs English I Pre-AP, Period 7 October 30th, 2014 A Wise and Caring Man Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Atticus Finch, one of the major characters in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, proves that all it takes to wipe out racism is knowledge and courage. Throughout the novel, Atticus exhibits wisdom and intelligence, respect and recognition, and patience and tolerance. Atticus is a highly respected man in his town. He has earned that…show more content…
Your father’s one of them” (288). Miss Maudie wants the children to understand that Tom Robinson’s case is a very difficult one. She wants them to know that no one else in Maycomb would have or could have taken Tom Robinson’s case. Atticus was chosen because of his beliefs in racial equality. Atticus is not racist and respects African Americans just as much as he respects white people. Judge Taylor chose Atticus for the case because he knew that Atticus would truly defend Tom Robinson and he would prove that Tom is innocent. Atticus is a wise and intelligent man. His wisdom can be seen in many parts of the novel. Zahed 2 For instance, when Cecil Jacobs insults Scouts father, Scout tells her father about it. Atticus tells Scout to “hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change” (101). Atticus is telling Scout to let her head deal with the conflict rather than her fists. Atticus is telling Scout that what people say shouldn’t make her mad. Atticus’s wisdom is also seen at the beginning of the book in his conversation with Scout. Scout does not like Miss Caroline’s actions and asks if she could stop going to school. When Scout had told Miss Caroline about the Ewells,
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