To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill A Mocking Bird
“Racism has been an integral component of American culture since it’s founding upon the genocide of Native Americans, and the forced slavery of Africans and Afro-Americans.” (Vincent F. Rocchio). Although many white men supported segregation during the 1930’s, Atticus Finch displayed inner strength and courage despite what others thought about his beliefs towards black men.

Topic sentence. When other children tormented Scout at school, Atticus explained to Scout that he wouldn’t be able to hold his head up anymore if he shirked his responsibility for the court case. When Scout asked if he was going to win Atticus responded, “ Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand, it’s knowing you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” As Atticus explains to Scout the responsibility he has, he relates it to her responsibility in school. Her behavior represents the family and she must act appropriately when teased in school. The courage in Atticus’s nature shines through as he noticed a rabid dog wandering in the streets. Atticus acted quickly and shot the dog with no hesitation. His children, Jem and Scout, were filled with pride as a neighbor approached them and complimented their father’s action. “It was times like these when I thought my father, who had never owned a gun or been in any wars, was the bravest man whoever lived.”(201). Atticus was also known as the “One shot Finch” because in past years he had never missed his target. The entire neighborhood was grateful for Atticus’s bravery, but Atticus knew what he had to do to protect others. The overwhelmed Jem and Scout felt pride in their father. Atticus showed courage by accepting the case, and shooting the dog.

The well-respected Atticus Finch displayed inner strength to do what’s right in his eyes by supporting human rights and understanding the consequences for supporting his beliefs. Many white men...
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