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To Kill A Mockingbird Sacrifice Character Analysis

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To Sacrifice, Almost everyday one decides to sacrifice an aspect of their life, but is limited to only so many on their behalf of their morals. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch sacrifices his and his family's identity, well being, and time for his beliefs. The book takes place over the course of the great depression where racism is a normal day to day behavior. Atticus, a highly skilled lawyer who has been assigned to take possession of a case defending an African American man by the name of Tom Robinson. While knowing that the usual act of a lawyer being appointed to defend an African American, during the great depression, is to not try to defend the defendant, Atticus believes that he should give the same…show more content…
The biased reasons limit the arguments the lawyer can appeal to the jury about defending the defendant, but can simultaneously limit the amount of voice the jury hears from both sides. Atticus, deciding to take Tom Robinson’s case seriously sacrifices his identity as the noble man he is, to being called many names for this action, such as “nigger lover”. Sacrificing Atticus’s identity does not give him much room to speak on this case, in fact, without his title as a nobleman, the people of Maycomb could potentially harm Atticus which forces him to take a more cautious approach with the arguments in the case. Scout, Atticus’s daughter, concerned with the matter of how does her father finds that his actions are right; when the majority of the town finds is wrong. Atticus then responds strongly with that he could not live with himself or tell Scout and her brother, Jem, to do the right act if he did not take the case seriously himself. Atticus sacrifices his identity to save his kids from, “Maycomb's usual disease” which is racism. Growing up in the town of Maycomb surrounded by many people with racist views, furthermore, for the kids to be exposed to the views from close friends, classmates, and family members, Atticus is limited on so much of his time with the kids to develop their abilities to look past the disease. By having Scout and Jem look pass “Maycomb's usual disease” this increases their father's attempt to persuade anyone's views to racial equality
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