Comparing Atticus to Jake Essay

935 Words Jun 2nd, 2013 4 Pages
Atticus Finch, the hero of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Jake Brigance, the leading man of “A Time to Kill,” are both brave, determined lawyers. Though they share some similar techniques in the way they defend their clients, overall their methods as lawyers are quite different.

In the courtroom, Atticus’ qualities are the same as they are in his everyday life. He takes being a lawyer seriously, and sees it as a calling, rather than a job. He is an experienced lawyer, and uses cross examination to discover that Bob Ewell was left handed, and that Tom Robinson’s left arm was unusable – both crucial pieces of evidence for his case.

Jake, on the other hand, is young and inexperienced. Near the beginning of the case, Jake says to Carl
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Jake opposed the rapists’ racist and prejudiced attitude towards Negroes and women. He was not dispirited by the behaviours of the jury and injustice of the court system, or manipulated by the KKK. At the end of the film, Jake breaks through and forms a friendship with Carl Lee when he shows him that he cares by taking his family to Carl Lee’s house for a barbeque.

Both Atticus and Jake show great character throughout “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “A Time to Kill.” While Jake develops significantly during the film, “A Time to Kill,” Atticus does not develop much throughout “To Kill a Mockingbird”; however, he was already a humble, courageous man in the beginning of the story. Both men stick up for what they believe in, and are not swayed by the thoughts and opinions of the townspeople where they live. During his ordeal, Atticus shows greater character than Jake did, because he takes the case more seriously and with dignity. He remains calm, even when things are hard for him. Jake, on the other hand, feels the need to send his family away so that he doesn’t have to worry about them. The reason he took the case in the beginning was because for selfish reasons; because of his feeling of guilt, and not wanting the same thing to happen to his young daughter - rather than taking the case only out of the kindness of his heart, as Atticus

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