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Mike Ferrufino11/27/12
Mrs. LeinCritical Lens Essay

The quote “The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his conscience” was once said by a man named J.F. Clark. Many situations will be faced by many people, but the bravest ones are the ones who listen to their conscience. It takes real courage to stand up for what’s right and no to support what is wrong. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is great example to help prove this point. J.F. Clark’s idea can help be proven true after one examines two things. After reading To Kill a Mockingbird there are many characters that can help support his idea. Atticus and “Boo” Radley are the two characters that best support the quote presented.

Throughout the novel, Atticus is faced with many situations where he obeys his conscience. By showing his courage and bravery, he accepts a case to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. Although characterized as a great father and lawyer, Atticus is criticized and hated upon for being a “nigger-lover” for trying to defend a man much lower in society. Atticus knows the consequences, and the names that he will be called, but accepts the fact and does his best to win the case for an underprivileged man. Unfortunately Atticus fails to succeed in the case, but helped created a different view for people lower in society. Atticus comes across another situation where he must listen to what his conscience is telling him. One evening a mad dog was walking around in the streets of Maycomb, everyone was afraid and they needed one man to do the job of killing the dog. Atticus was known for his skills with a rifle and for having the nickname “One-Shot Finch”. All pressure and everyone watching did not affect Atticus, as he killed the mad dog with one shot. Atticus displayed that he isn’t scared and not even a mad dog will affect him. Finch’s Landing was a place of memories and tradition. When Atticus was younger...
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