The Real Struggle of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle,” says the great Martin Luther King Jr. In the book To Kill a MockingBird by Harper Lee we see similar struggle that Dr. King battled. Atticus Finch is the only one in the small town of Maycomb willing to admit an african american might not actually be to blame. It was Atticus and Tom Roberson against Maycomb. Throughout Atticus’ interaction with the people of Maycomb he shows people the truth about equality and helped with racism. In the end we learn that it takes courage and a hard shell to beat racism, and breaking down a barrier of society can put a lot of struggle and challenge on one person. Atticus shows us many things as he battles the…show more content…
This small conversation between two people on different sides of a court system tells you a lot about their personalities Throughout the book many times Atticus properly addresses Mayella as “ Miss” or “Ma’am.” Displaying for us that even tho atticus is against the Ewells and they are going against what he belives, he still gives them respect.There was a very cruel neighbor, who lived by Atticus and the kids went passed daily, who said constantly shouted brutal things at Jem and Scout. But when passing her Atticus said, “ Good evening, Mrs. Dubose! You look like a picture this evening” (Pg. 54). Although Mrs. Dubose says horrible things to the children during her mention: she always says mean things to Atticus and calls him thing like;“ Niger lover” and “trash”. Yet he still recites to Jem and Scout to be more than kind to her. Many people in this situation would just avoid the tourmenter or be mean back, but he shows nothing but kindness. While it could be scary, Atticus did what he thought was right. When Tom Roberson came back to Maycomb from the state jail, everyone knew he was going to be hurt by crazy people mad because they thought he raped Mayella Ewell. But Atticus was there when all the armed men showed up. “You can turn around, and go home Walter” (P.80). Fear affects what most people let themselves do. Atticus didn’t act afraid, and if he was, he never showed it when all those sketchy people showed up like that. He had kids to think of and that’s
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