Finches Bring Justice
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel where a man fights for what he believes in, to bring justice and a better future in the city of Maycomb. Harper Lee writes To Kill a Mockingbird to express herself through characters like Atticus and Scout. In TKAM, Atticus stands up for Tom Robinson despite the threats and misfortunes he gets from doing it, Mrs. Dubose defeats her addiction to morphine and Atticus defends Calpurnia against his own sister, all these events enforce Harper Lee’s theme that courage is when you stand up for what you believe in and can achieve what you desire, despite social pressure. To begin with, Harper Lee reveals who really is the hero of the novel when she shows the readers, Atticus Finch, the man that stands up for Tom Robinson, a black man, even knowing that he will lose, be ridiculed and hated by many. Scout can’t understand why Atticus would do that, so Atticus says, “‘For a number of reasons,’ said Atticus. ‘The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold my head in town, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again’” (Lee 100). For Atticus to be able to walk with his head up, he must be brave enough to take the case. Even though he lost the trial, he has done something no other lawyer has ever done. “‘Those are twelve reasonable men in everyday life, Tom’s jury, but you saw something come between them and reason’… ‘they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts , when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life’” (Lee 295). Even though the juries mind was unchanged, they took 3 hours to think whether or not to convict the innocent, that small change in time is the impact Atticus wanted to create, the one that would change the future of Maycomb.
In addition, Mrs. Dubose showed the readers that courage is when you lost but you fight until the end anyway, she makes a goal to die without her addiction to morphine, defeats her...
Cited: Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingird. New York: HarperCollins, 1995. Print.
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