PreAP English 2
24 August 2015
To Kill A Mocking Bird & From Trayvon Martin to ‘Black Lives Matter’
People have different opinions and views on subjects and we won’t always agree with them or understand why they think that way. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” I like that Atticus is teaching his kids valuable lessons. We don’t know what makes someone act or dress or do the things they do, so we make assumptions and conclusions in order to “understand”, but the only true way of understanding someone is through sympathy and compassion.
I value this next quote because I believe a lot of what Atticus is saying still applies today. Not just white men cheating black men but white people in general cheat colored people everyday simply for being white. “As you grow older, you 'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don 't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.” For example in today’s society we have wage gaps, people get paid based on what their race is even if they share the same job and do the same work. Even though today we like to deny racism exists, it does we just chose to ignore it.
Again in the book we see Atticus teaching his children that making assumptions and
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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view”(pg 39). Atticus says this because many people judge just because of what they heard how they look or their race, in reality, most of these people are innocent.even Mayella is innocent, even though she got a man accused of being guilty, but in the situation she was in she had no control over due to her being a product of her environment,making her in a way innocent.
By being the moral focus of the novel, this once again allows for Atticus to be the character that his children look to follow and emulate. Lastly, Atticus teaches his children extremely important lessons, such as to consider situations through another person’s point of view. Atticus explains 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 33). By encouraging the ability to look at a situation
“And so a quiet, respectable, humble Negro who had made the unmitigated temerity to ‘feel sorry’ for a white women has had to put his word against two white people’s. I need not to remind you of their appearance and conduct on the stand. You know the truth and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women – black or white. But there is one way in this country where all men are created equal… this honorable court that you serve.” (Lee 232-233)
Atticus talks about how people don’t seem to care. As they grow up they lose that guilt and they don’t want to see the truth they see what they want to. “ ‘I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it-- seems that only children weep.’ “ (Lee, 213) Atticus is able to change many people’s minds but not all and that’s because people are afraid the change their minds, they’re afraid of what might happen. The thought seems to be very old fashioned. And Atticus who is wealthy and white is hated in the book simply because he is defending an African American. Some people don’t seem to want to hate him but because he is always in the way and defending someone of the race they hate feel they have to. But Mr. Ewell is the man in the story who uses his hatred. He blames Tom for something he didn’t do and tried to hurt Atticus’s family for not hating like he does. There’s also hatred toward a man in town named Boo Radley. And this is all because of rumors that have been going around. He is never seen in the town, he has a mystery about him so most people are afraid. But at the end of the book he saves Jem and Scout’s lives from Mr. Ewell. She realizes he is not what everyone says, he’s kind and gentle and saved her and her brothers lives. She knows after all these experiences that what her father says is true. “ ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from
“: "Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal." This quote shows how Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of a crime that he didn’t commit but due to the culture of the setting, Maycomb Alabama, was not receiving a fair trial because of his skin color. This quote shows Atticus not caring about his color and loving him just because of who he is and wants to defend him from what he knows is an unfair trial.
(Lee 30) Atticus wants to put himself in others position to understand what they are going through, so he can get a better understanding of them before he judges. He tries with all of his power to get his children to do the same thing in that
There is always someone who will push against the current. The character, Atticus Finch, in the fictional novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of these people. Atticus plays a major role in the story, becoming the voice of reason and the symbol for justice. Atticus is a single parent trying to raise his children right
Regardless of one?s race or colour, Atticus has a fair attitude towards all people. Early in the novel, a black man named Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white woman. Atticus took on the case to defend Tom without another thought simply because he treats everyone
The first lesson taught in the book is that you don’t understand someone until you’ve lived their life. [Atticus speaking] “You never really understand a person until you
Atticus says “ you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk in it.” That shows he wants to treat everybody equal. Atticus also shows his morality through parenting. He realizes that people are racist and raises his children not be.He remains calm with his kids and keeps an open mind to everything. On page
Atticus is a great father, he treats his kids like adults. Atticus wants his children to be like him and wants them to be a lawyer. When Scout didn't want to go to school, Atticus makes her
Atticus is a very advanced man both socially and mentally for his time. He does not get drawn into racism and hatred like other men of the time he teaches his children not to
A mother said as she comments on her daughter's black boyfriend, “She's never been on a date with him. That's my choice. It's not hers, because I have a little control still. I'm still the parent” (Prom Night n. pag.). The teenager has the right to be able to pick her boyfriend and it is her own choice, the black boyfriend could be a really good kid, but the mother will never find out because she just keeps judging the boy. The parents are being bias against the black people and assuming that they are bad people, when they do not even know the black boy. Children should stick up for who they believe in and trust. In like manner, "When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em" (Lee 175). This quote illuminates that Atticus recognizes that his kids are different from adults, but he respects his children, which means no lying to them or avoiding hard truths because children are smart enough to detect people tricking them into something or lying to them. Adults think that they can lie to children because they are not intelligent enough to find out, but children notice. Children should get a voice in society because they will help with very useful
Atticus fights for equality in the small town of Maycomb. In Atticus’ speech to the jury, Atticus addressed his beliefs of equality to both the white jury and the racist citizens of Maycomb, “ you know the truth, and the truth is this some negroes lie, some negroes are immoral, some negro men are not to be trusted around women - black or white . But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire”(Lee 273). Clearly, Atticus is saying that all people make mistakes no matter what their skin color is and he is also saying that the skin’s color of a person does not indicate the goodness or the badness of that person.
Considering issues in other people's perspectives is a life lesson that Atticus tries to teach his kids as it is an important moral to obtain in oneself.