Essay on Atticus Finch : Identity And Identity

953 Words Dec 10th, 2016 4 Pages
“When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They are sent to promote, increase and strengthen you.” Every day, each individual faces both obstacles and conflicts in every aspect of life. How individuals deal with these events influences who they become and their identities. How others see people handle their obstacles and conflicts impacts their own identities and question their morals. In To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch shows that identity can be influenced by how a person reacts to situations that are placed in front of them. Obstacles and conflicts play a crucial role in influencing an individual 's identity because they change the way others perceive a person; therefore, depending on how strong your identity is, leading to a change in how a person views themselves.

The town of Maycomb views Atticus with distaste based on his choice to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus’ choice to defend Tom shows that he is above the town 's prejudice against the black community. Atticus has built himself a strong identity to rise above the hate against him for his personal choices in response to his inner conflicts. “‘Yeah, but Atticus aims to defend him. That 's what I don 't like.’”,the town is not upset with Atticus defending Tom, just that Atticus seeks justice for Tom. The town has come into this trial with a closed mind full of prejudice. The towns justice for Mayella is secondary to the primary goal, which is…

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