To Kill A Mockingbird Argumentative Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird Argumentative Essay
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the Finch family (more so directed towards Atticus, Jem and Scout) are treated with disrespect because Atticus had decided to defend a negro. In that age and time defending a negro was an automatic defeat due to the racism and violence. So why would Atticus put his family through a harsh time by taking a case so he would just to lose? Because Atticus has a unique look on the world, to set a role model for his children. Atticus’s point of view on the world is very unique because he mainly sees the good out of people and treats everyone with respect “ You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 39), as you can see Atticus is an understanding man and respects others perspectives. Not only does he respect other's perspective he also doesn’t care what you look like or what race you are, which most folk do in Maycomb county “Why otherwise reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't
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As you can see Atticus is has his reasons to take the case. You may also think that Atticus shouldn’t of took the case because of what happened to Scout and Jem at the end of the book “Heck? Atticus Finch. Someones been after my children. Jem’s hurt. Between here and the schoolhouse” (Lee 353). This wouldn't of happened if he didn’t take the case. So in some cases the people who choose that he shouldn't take the case is

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