Atticus Essay

630 Words Dec 16th, 2014 3 Pages
Maxine Vargas
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Topic: Although criticized openly, Atticus is respected throughout the town of Maycomb.
Explain this paradox. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is constantly criticised for defending a black man but yet the people of Maycomb still respect him. Atticus is well respected in the town of
Maycomb, but he still gets criticised because he is decision to defend a black man. The people of Maycomb respect him because of his courage, he stood up for what was right and because he is a dignified man, that respects everyone else. The people of Maycomb have a wide respect for Atticus, partially because he is very courageous. Atticus had the courage to defend a black man even though he would
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“The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person conscience,” which basically means that everyone has the right to make up their own mind, despite the pressure of other people’s opinions. Living in the south, Atticus really stood no chance in winning the trial. Atticus nonetheless succeeded in demonstrating both the innocence of his client and how prejudice the world was back then. Lastly, the people of Maycomb respected Atticus because was a dignified man that respected everyone around him. Even if someone people were rude or mean, he would always try to find the good in them. Atticus doesn’t speak badly about other people and he always tries to see things from their perspective. “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.” Also, everyone in the town of Maycomb respected Atticus, because he would give everyone respect no matter what the situation. In To Kill a
Mockingbird, Atticus doesn’t dislike anyone, which makes it hard for people to dislike him as well. Atticus is respected by many and criticized by some, nonetheless Atticus really strived to do his best in the Tom Robinson Trial. People crtizing Atticus and calling him a
“nigger­lover” never stopped Atticus from having courage and standing up for

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