Obstacles And Conflicts In To Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

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“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, …show more content…
Atticus’ trial provides a stepping stone for the community, “...we’re making a step- it 's just a baby step, but it 's a step.” Atticus provides a different perspective for the community. Sometimes it is hard to rise above the hate that everyone has been giving an individual, in both situations of Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson, but Atticus stands tall and Tom tries to stand with him. Even though Tom is not said to be innocent, the trial has changed the minds of many townsfolk. The trail is an opportunity for people to realize that race is not the key factor of whether you are guilty or innocent. Every race is a just a difference in the pigment in skin, it is not something that deserves prejudice. Individuals should be judged on their actions. A whole race, gender, religion, etc. should not receive prejudice based off of one individual 's actions. Atticus did not go out trying to make a huge change in the community, but how he handles his obstacles influences a slight change in the community to take a different look at the …show more content…
Based on how a person handles their conflicts and obstacles changes the way peers view them. By standing up for what a person know is right and not letting others opinions influence an individual shows the strength in a personal identity. An individual 's response to an obstacle or conflict can change others identity without knowing it. Identity can easily be influenced by the people around us and the situations we experience. Younger people tend to be more impressionable compared to adults, leading to their identity being able to change easier. An older adult may not experience a change in identity in response to an obstacle they experience, but instead, their actions have the ability to influence others identity and views. The stronger an identity is, the less likely it will be influenced by obstacles and conflicts because they have often been faced before. Instead of obstacles and conflicts influencing the individual 's identity, they can change the observer 's identity by watching the individual facing the obstacles and conflicts because it shows them a new outlook and

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