Critical Lens

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Valery Mora April 27, 2012

Critical Lens
Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of overcoming it. This quote means most suffering in the world comes from ignorance and mankind’s selfishness. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, this quote is proven true when Atticus takes the case of Tom Robinson despite the racist range of the town. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, this quote is proven true when George killed Lennie because he was too much to handle. In both of these texts the characters have to overcome their fears because they want what is right.

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is characterized as persistent. Atticus never gives up on trying to give Tom Robinson his liberty for a crime he never committed. Atticus took Tom Robinson’s case. However, he faces down an armed mob and continues to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus seeks out justice for Tom Robinson despite the danger he and his family were about to face. Atticus is motivated by his need to do what he believes is right and follows his conscience. Atticus defends Tom Robinson because he believes that every person is entitled to a defense. He believes that all people should be treated equally. This is proven when he takes the case even though he knows that the town will turn against him and his family. An external conflict developed between and the town. Atticus faced violence a public humiliated by Bob Ewell and the other townspeople. Despite these treats Atticus defended Tom Robinson and questioned the honesty of a white person. Atticus never gave up on Tom Robinson and filled a motion of a retrial as soon as the jurors came back with a guilty verdict. Atticus was willing to fight any obstacles that got in his way to find justice for Tom Robinson.

In the novel Of Mice and Men, George is characterized as persistent. George was brave to take care of Lennie although he is a lot to handle because he has a...
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