In the beginning of the story we learn of the life of Scout Finch, a little girl growing up in Alabama who is oblivious to the atrocious racial discrimination during this time period. Her father, Atticus Finch is a lawer. So Atticus was appointed the defense attorney for a crippled black man named Tom Robinson. In the process of defending Tom Atticus has many drawbacks for his own social image as well as his family. For example in chapter 15 Atticus almost has to defend Tom from a mob but luckily Scout saved the day. “Cecil Jacobs made me forget. He had announced in the schoolyard the day before that Scout Finch’s daddy defended Niggers. I denied it, but told Jem.” (Lee 99) “He is nothing but a nigger
Prejudice, judgement formed without knowledge or fact, affects all people to a degree. All people, coming from different walks of life come to the issue with a their own perspective. This perspective guides them through the issue and makes them react differently to similar concepts. Tom Robinson tried to follow the set system of court, trying his best to use a faulty system. Jeremy Finch threw a violent hissy fit at the unfair judgement and yielded no results. Dolphus Raymond gave people an excuse to outlet their prejudice against alcoholism and not himself. All people subject to different levels and types of prejudice, all people reacting in different ways. Prejudice is a major part of the book Kill a Mockingbird with it’s own set of ethical restrictions that each character reacts to differently. The major ethical dilemma of To Kill a Mockingbird is prejudice caused by ignorance with Tom Robinson, Dolphus Raymond, and Jeremy “Jem” Finch each addressing it in their own ways.
Racial injustice is a main theme throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. The Tom Robinson case specifically, demonstrates racial injustice. The court, and people of the town wanted Tom in jail only because he was African-American, and did not take any of the evidence into consideration. “I heard her say it’s time somebody taught ’em a lesson, they were gettin’ way above themselves, an’ the next thing they think they can do is marry us.” (Lee, 283). In this quote, Scout tells Jem about how she heard her teacher talking about Tom Robinson, saying he deserved to be in jail. This proves that the people of the town are racist towards African-Americans. This was common for a town in Alabama during this time period.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was an influential study of race relations in America in the mid 20th century. The development of the main character, Scout, is closely tied to what she learns from Atticus, her father, and what she learns from watching the unjust treatment of Tom Robinson, who is a black gentleman accused of rape that Atticus decides to defend in a court case. As Scout grows up, she is forced to deal with prejudice that every person living in Maycomb, Alabama seems to demonstrate in their everyday life. When Atticus agreed to represent Tom Robinson, he likely knew that many town people would resent any attempt to prove Tom Robinson was innocent. In this novel, Scout learns that there are right and wrong times when one should
Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus, is an ace lawyer who was asked to defend a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom was accused of raping a young white girl named Mayella Ewell. Tom Robinson ties into the symbolism of “killing a mockingbird” because his innocence resembles that of a
“Prejudice is a learned trait. You’re not born with it; you’re taught it,” said Charles R Swindoll (Author). Prejudice is incorporated into How to Kill a Mockingbird in many ways. Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Miss Maudie are some of the ways prejudice is shown.
Prejudice has been apart of human beings since the beginning of time. People hold disparaging views towards other groups because of sex, race, color and religious beliefs.In today’s society, one of the ongoing problems is, too many men and women are prejudice. Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, browbeats the future and leaves the present baffling. No one is born prejudice, therefore it is taught. In the popular novel based on a true story “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, prejudice is also one of the ongoing problems.
Prejudice and discrimination is looked down upon, yet people still continue to be judgmental and have preconceived assumptions about others. It is a common thing that still happens in today’s society. To be particular, racial discrimination is one example of prejudice and is based solely on the color of one’s skin. In the story To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is a caring individual who tries his hardest to treat everyone he meets with appreciation and respect. However, he is African American, which influences him and the other characters' lives in different ways. All he wants to do is help out another character, Mayella, which inevitably costs him his life in the end. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the character of Tom Robinson to illustrate the fact that innocent people are sometimes victimized to a racist society.
Prejudices are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.
The sentimental and thought-provoking story begins by establishing the nucleus of the film, the Finch Family, lead by the father Atticus Finch, who is the quintessential father, strong, honest, intuitive, and spoke with wisdom; whose character was consistently imparted to his children through small teachings on life as it unfolds. One such example shows Atticus hugging Scout as they swing back and forth on the front porch, He tells her, "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." In another scene after being teased at school for her father defending a Negro, Scout questions her father as to why he chose to take the case. He states that if he didn't he would be unable to "hold his head up high", or even tell his children what to do anymore. Given the standard of that day, Atticus was risking his reputation and even the safety of his children by defending a black man. These phenomenal displays of impeccable character are so rare that it causes the credibility of the role to come into question; Atticus, at times seems too stoic to be
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, readers are able to see the ways in which Scout, Jem, and Dill learn valuable life lessons as they progress throughout the story. The book is narrated by Scout, a twelve-year old girl, who takes part in many adventures with her older brother Jem ranging from games at the house of their neighbor, “Boo” Radley, to witnessing her father, Atticus Finch, defend a black man, Tom Robinson, from being wrongfully accused of rape. While many may argue that To Kill a Mockingbird should not be taught in class, the values taught by the characters help to argue that it should be taught to classes.
Atticus teaches Jem and scout a number of important lessons which will help them in life. However tolerance is one of the most important, because if people tolerate one another then things like war or racism will not exist, and they are two of the biggest areas of conflict in the world. Atticus models tolerance for his children by taking the case of and accused rapist. He defends a black man even though most of the town is against it and treat him discourteously because of it. Scout went against her father’s wishes by not
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is represented as the stereotypical, all well-knowing fatherly figure to Jem and Scout, and more than oftenly teaches them moral lessons and how to behave as they are transitioning into young adulthood. Three values that Atticus Finch heavily instills within his children is to live humbly, swear by equality, and have respect for everyone no matter what color your skin is or what you believe in. These values shape and mold each Jem and Scout into independently minded children who learn wrong from right as the book’s plotline continues.
The story of Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson, the second of the two main conflicts in this book also represented the sin of killing a mockingbird. Atticus Finch, the father of Jem and Scout was a lawyer, and in a court case, Atticus was assigned a black man, Tom Robinson. Atticus was tasked with defending Tom from a false conviction of rape by the Ewell family. Atticus was given a very hard time,and was even threatened by Bob Ewell, who was angered that Atticus ruined the reputation and respect he thought he’d gain. . Bob even tried to murder Atticus’ kids. Atticus
What are your thoughts on the release of "Go Set a Watchman" this week? There's been a lot of uproar regarding Atticus Finch's racist views in this one, although I think one would be naive to place the character on a pedestal as a champion of civil rights. A white male character in depression-era Alabama (regardless of views regarding slavery, "heritage", whatever) almost certainly be to some extent racist by design. In TKAM was he more a champion of blacks, or a champion of the law? Not necessarily defending blacks and all of their civil rights, but that all men, black or white merely be treated with the same respect under the law when accused? It's been a while since I've read it, so I'm surely missing some of the finer details of Atticus