Challenges In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr. To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) has many challenges in the duration of the novel, some of the mains are, the way Atticus Finch can just forgive, the way Scout is the person that must do the tough things and the way Mrs. Dubose shows bravery and courage in the hardest of times. How a person reacts at times of challenge and controversy is the ultimate test, a person could have and Harper Lee has written many challenges for many characters, moreover the characters Atticus, Scout and Mrs. Dubose.

Atticus Finch is the perfect example of a person who faces many challenges and
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The way Atticus played Bob in the trial, he had to get some sort of vengeance, and being white trash as he is, he could only attempt to hurt Atticus physically. Atticus later says, that the reason he did that, the reason he took a beating was that so no one else would. "Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell 's shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does. So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that 's something I 'll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and I 'd rather it be me than that houseful of children out there" Atticus. This quote reveals that the reason Atticus took the beating from Bob was to save other people, like Mayella Ewell from getting a beating. Mayella Ewell, the girl that lied against Tom in open court in front of everyone, Atticus still defends Mayella and also the other Ewell children, children that he doesn’t know, but still managed to take a beating for them and he didn’t fight back or get angry, but instead just walks away. Forgiveness and compassion is what Atticus teaches us throughout the novel, specifically …show more content…
When Miss Caroline, attempts to offer Walter Cunningham some money, the whole class looks at scout, this was a challenge and Scout had to decide quickly what to do, since she had already got in trouble with Miss Caroline twice. “Here Walter, come get it.” Walter shook his head again. ‘When Walter shook his head a third time someone whispered, / “Go on and tell her, Scout.” / I rose graciously on Walter’s behalf: “Ah—Miss Caroline?” / “What is it, Jean Louise?” / “Miss Caroline, he’s a Cunningham”. This quote reveals that the class looks at scout as the class leader, and looks at her to fix the problems that happen in the class. Scout ends up telling Miss Caroline and then Scout gets in trouble since Miss Caroline thinks Scout was trying to offend her. This was a time of challenge and controversy, that Scout had too face she knew telling the teacher will result in some sort of punishment, since Miss Caroline already didn’t like her, but the whole class looked at Scout to tell Miss Caroline, even though she knew she will get in trouble she told her anyway. Social class, is something all of the Maycomb society knows, but since Miss Caroline is new to the society, she attempts to offer Walter some money to buy lunch. So when Scout finally ends up telling her, why Walter is

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