Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee we are introduced to the Finches, a white middle class family living in the middle of a racial battle of the whites against the blacks. Atticus Finch, a lawyer and widowed father to Scout and Jem Finch, demonstrates resilient moral courage, scaling many obstacles to be an honest and respectable role model to Scout and Jem and to teach them to be open-minded as well as accepting of everyone they meet. He also shows true acts of colorblindness by practicing ethical sympathy to every person he meets regardless of their color or class is. Even as the other people of Maycomb showed racial inequality his beliefs and values went unhindered. These main qualities of Atticus make him one of the greatest fictional heroes in literature.
“Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It 's knowing you 're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
To begin with, during the period in which the novel takes novel is set (Early 1930s) racism is still in full force. Maycomb is described as somewhat of a square town. This sense of “the way things are in Maycomb County is the way things have always been” does not leave much room for independent thought. It took Atticus great courage to face the negative pressure of the strict and single-minded environment and challenge their core beliefs. By defending Tom Robinson, a black laborer falsely accused of raping a white…

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