To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a timeless classic. This story is of a man named Atticus Finch, who defends a black man

named Tom Robinson, who is accused of rape by a girl named Mayella Ewell. Even before Atticus defended Tom Robinson, Atticus was a friendly, remarkable person. Going through controversy and trials during and after the case only made him a stronger person. Atticus knew what was right and fought for it, no matter what the townspeople of Maycomb did or said. Atticus taught his kids, Jem and Scout, valuable life learning lessons, made many sacrifices for what he believed in and is well thought of amongst his townspeople. Atticus teaches his son Jem and daughter Scout very valuable, life learning lessons. For example, Atticus (a lawyer) is given the duty

from Judge Taylor to defend a black man by the name of Tom Robinson, who is accused of rape. In the time period of To Kill a Mockingbird, the 1930's, blacks and whites didn't mix well, especially in the South. Atticus defending Tom was looked down upon in Maycomb, Alabama, where Atticus lives. Scout gets called a "Nigger lover" at school by a school mate named Cecil Jacobs. When Scout's cousin Francis visits Maycomb, he taunts Scout about Atticus defending a "Nigger". One day Atticus catches Scout saying Nigger, ". . .dont say Nigger Scout," Atticus said,

"That's common. It's what everybody at school says."
Atticus then replies, "From now on it will be everybody less one!" Atticus teaches her what's right and wrong. He also teaches her what's right and wrong. He also teaches that just because everyone does it, it doesn't mean that she has to follow them. He teaches her to be a leader, not a follower. Another example of Atticus' valuable lessons is in chapter 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird. On Jem and Scout's way to meet Atticus after work, they pass a neighbor named Mrs. Dubose, a very sick, mean, old lady who yells insults at Jem and Scout every time they pass by. On the way back,...
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