“Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” (Lee 149). These words come from Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee. He is offered the task to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, or leave him for another lawyer to defend his case in court. Although he knows it will put his family at risk of criticism and negativity towards the town, he boldly accepts the duty and burden of fighting for Tom Robinson. Accepting the case was not a blunder, it was a man making the correct decision by defending Tom Robinson.
I have gained many new writing skills over the semester. One of the skills is embedding quotes. Here is an example of me embedding from the Literary Analysis Essay, “Atticus stated to his children, ‘Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win’ to explain to his children to try no matter how challenging (Lee 101)” (poop 2). I just wrote that Atticus stated something for the quote format. I was ecstatic about how well I did on embedding quotes. One more skill I learned was how to make a thesis statement. Here is a thesis statement from the Literary Analysis Essay, “Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird shows that Atticus Finch’s parenting style is authoritative as shown by him setting high
I learned that the town of macomb is a small town in Alabama. What i learned about Atticus is that he studied law and was actually the first one to not go into the cotton industry. He is actually related to almost every family in maycomb!
As children grow up, they open their eyes to the harsh truths in the world around them that they once did not understand or question. This is experienced by the main characters of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The story is of a girl called Scout and her older brother, Jem, who go through the trials of growing up in the fictional small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. Racism is rampant in the mindset of the townspeople, shown when the children’s lawyer father, Atticus, takes the case of an obviously innocent African-American man and they convict him in their hearts before the trial even starts. Through this all, we can see the theme of loss of innocence in the children. Lee uses characterization to portray
While Harper Lee included several memorable characters throughout her novel, Atticus prominently stands out as its focal point. Although Scout narrates the story, she learns valuable lessons and ideal characteristics about life primarily from Atticus. Without him, Scout would not have matured or grown as well as she did. Even from the very first chapters, Atticus already teaches Scout a valuable lesson about his fundamental principles. After she acts negatively towards a poorer student due to his unfamiliar habits, Atticus points out that “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, 39). By stating this, he instills a foundational standard of morality that Scout would
Childhood is a very important stage in a person’s life because that is the time when they grow and learn important life lessons. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it shows how abuse can affect a person and their chance of success. It is impossible for a person to have a productive life if they are beaten and neglected during childhood.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Atticus Finch, a character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, must keep this quote in his mind day by day. Atticus is a lawyer who was born and raised in Maycomb County. He still lives there with his children, Jeremy (also known as Jem) and Jean Louise (also known as Scout). His sister Alexandra lives with him, and a Negro cook named Calpurnia comes to his house everyday. Atticus is a very wise, courageous, and helpful person; he shows these traits not just in special cases, but in his everyday life.
Imagine a place where the verdict of a rape trial stems from racial prejudice rather than the proper evaluation of proven evidence. This is Maycomb, Alabama, the strange, Southern town where Scout and Jem Finch grow up during the 1930s in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. In short, the novel travels a thin line between a light-hearted narrative of the siblings’ childhood with their single father, a defense attorney named Atticus Finch, and the injustices that arise within their close-knit community. The complexities include extreme racism, a peculiar social hierarchy, and general misunderstandings of certain people within the small town. These are all seen as “Maycomb ways”, almost as if they are considered facts. Through her writing, Lee conveys an important message that an essential part of a child’s education often takes place in a home or community rather than a classroom by utilizing the characters, Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape whom Atticus is defending.
In this life, it is extremely important to always look at things from another person’s perspective. The reason for this is that though someone may know quite a bit about one subject, they might not be so well taught about another, and therefore, they have different opinions based upon their knowledge on the subject (whatever that subject may be) than someone who had studied that certain subject. Everyone has different beliefs, and it is important to respect that.
Being courageous is very difficult and one is not courageous without risks. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is a story surrounding folks in a town where courage is a necessity to living a life of good morals. Atticus Finch, a lawyer, is assigned to a case where he is set to defend a black man against a white and therefore needs to muster up all the courage he can to take the case and attempt to prove the man innocent. His children, Jem and Scout spend just under a year living around the case and grow to be great people because of their father’s ideals and beliefs. They learn that to have great courage, one must have great kindness and that all people in the end are equal. Lee exemplifies courage through many
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view”(Lee 39). Harper Lee uses quotes like this to help characterize Atticus as a wise hero. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is portrayed as a wise hero through Lee’s various uses of characterization techniques such as setting, symbolism, and testimonials.
1. The narrator of this novel is Jean Louise Finch, daughter of Atticus Finch, who is also addressed as Scout. Scout is a young 6 year old girl who lives in Maycomb, Alabama. Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” narrates this story in first person.
Atticus Finch represents a lot of ideas expressed by President Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address. In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln said that the war must go on so the soldiers wouldn't die in vain. The Union soldiers were fighting for the Constitution since the south weren't following it. The Union soldiers were also fighting for the freedom of all people, not just whites. The south wanted to make their own country and according to the Constitution, you can't do that. All of this relates to Atticus Finch. Atticus Finch said," “Because I could never ask you to mind me again. Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally." (Lee 100) Everyone in the United States according to the Constitution has the right to a lawyer. Atticus was asked to defend
The best father in the world. They are helping, brave, kind, good, role models, and teach great lessons to their kids. In the real world male birds protect their children. They take care of them very well, they feed them, they protect them from danger, they teach their kids to fly, and do many more. No matter how big or small a great father takes care of their children at all cost. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch demonstrates characteristics of a great father.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has many characters, but the one who impresses me the most is Atticus Finch. Atticus shows the true meaning of being brave, wise, and what it is to be a loving father. He shows a true example of bravery when he shoots the wild and uncontrolled dog on the road from getting into their home street. Atticus showed true bravery by defending a black man when no one else would. He is especially wise when it comes to raising his children. He disciplines his children with respect therefore, his children obey him without questioning. Additionally, he is a wise lawyer who tried to prove that Tom Robinson was not guilty for raping Mayelle Ewell due to his handicapped arm. Lastly, Atticus Finch is a loving father