CHARACTER ANALYSIS – To Kill a Mockingbird
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| Atticus has integrity and believes that abiding the law (courthouse and humanity) is necessary.He demonstrates the qualities: * Humbleness/ modesty: he does not want attention for his good deeds. * Integrity * Loyalty: to his family and courthouse. * No prejudice: with regards to the coloured people. * Honesty: he was prepared to turn in Jem as a murderer, just to stay right. * Respect (for both sexes and all races) * Persistence: when deciding to go through with the case and not withdraw. * Sympathy/ compassion * Courage
| * "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win" - Chapter 9 * "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." - Chapter 3 * "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." - Chapter 11 * "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." - Chapter 10
| * Atticus treats his children as intelligent young adults. He is very fair - he tries to hear both sides of an argument. He does not stereotype people. * Atticus is frequently criticized by others people. He does not take advantage of his social standing to retaliate or rebuke them. Atticus remains calm when provoked directly. * Atticus shows an interest in Walter Cunningham's home life, and asks him about farming - he allows Walter, who may not be very good at school work, to speak as an expert. Atticus always shows admiration for Mrs. Dubose - even though she abuses him and is a racist. * At the end of the novel Atticus understands Boo's shyness - he does not try to make him sit down in the light, and addresses him courteously as “Arthur”. * Atticus tries always to do what he sees is right: he does not WANT to take Tom's case, but sees this as his duty. Atticus believes that he should still try to save Tom. Atticus will not try to spare his own family from the consequences of their actions. * Atticus lives in a racist and sexist society, yet shares neither prejudice * Atticus shows some physical courage in facing a rabid dog, but he does not value this highly. Atticus shows courage in keeping guard outside the jail (Chapter 15), and stays calm outwardly when the lynch mob arrives. In defending Tom and being ready to accept the label of “nigger-lover” Atticus shows moral courage.
| Scout defies the stereotype of most young girls. She prefers comfort to fashions, and plays with Dill and Jem rather than female characters. Her honest and blunt personality gives her an innocent vibe. Earlier in the story, she would communicate with her fists, but her maturation restrained her from doing so. She is a believer of equality, and so questions society’s segregation and black vs. white.
| * "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing." - Chapter 2 * "It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived." - Chapter 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird "With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable." - Chapter 12 of To Kill a Mockingbird * "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." - Chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird
| Scout always means well. Her intentions are pure, and though she may be influenced slightly easily (by some people), she tries her best to make situations fair. As any younger sibling, she aspires to be like her older brother Jem. Though this initially annoys him, she gives him space but refers to him every time something she doesn’t understand...
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