English 910 honors
21 October 2015
Scout and Atticus fighting for Equality
Equality is the condition of being equal, or the same in quality, or value. This means everyone being on the same level. In Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus believes no race is inferior to another. Atticus Finch and Scout Finch were two of the few people who live in Macomb that treated people equally not depending on their skin color. Atticus and Scout think everyone is equal and that no one should be treated unequally. They are against racism and inequality. Throughout the book Atticus and Scout reveal that everyone is equal and it is not fair to judge someone just because of their skin color.
Atticus shows to Scout that …show more content…
It 's hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody 's favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It 's slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody."
"You aren 't really a nigger-lover, then, are you?"
"I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody... I 'm hard put, sometimes—baby, it 's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. (Lee 124)
This quote is important because it shows how Atticus is against inequality and how he is against racism is when Atticus is explaining the use of the word "nigger-lover" to Scout. He does not differentiate between black and white, he simply says he does his best to love everyone. He explains this to Scout that he believes everyone is equal and he loves everyone equally. And that nigger-lover is only a term, it should not affect you. Atticus is explaining how he treats everyone fairly. Scout is being made fun of because of her dad and he wants to show to her that she should not take it personally and that being a nigger lover is not bad. Scout understands racism more and more as the book progresses she starts to see the amount of inequality between blacks and whites and is against …show more content…
He believed that Tom was being convicted due to his skin and that is was racist and inequality. Tom Robinson has been accused with raping and beating Mayella Ewell and Atticus Finch has decided to defend Tom and believes Tom was not the one to rape her. This is a quote about the trial: "There 's something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn 't be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it 's a white man 's word against a black man 's, the white man always wins. They 're ugly, but those are the facts of life.” (Lee 251-252). The trail truly showed the inequality in Maycomb, The trial had shown to the people of Maycomb that Tom being found guilty was a huge injustice and it was racist. Atticus shows a lot of equality during Tom Robinson’s trial because during the trial Atticus gives all of his evidence and is it obvious Tom is innocent yet the jury says he is guilty. This trial shows the huge amount of racism in Maycomb and America at the time, because in a courtroom where every man black or white or any race should have a fair trial and Tom did not have a fair trial. The jury was not being equal and instead being racist when they said Tom was guilty because even with the evidence on Mayella and all Atticus had said Tom was black and his story did not matter. Atticus believes everyone is entitled to the rights that they are born with. And Scout agrees with Atticus she thinks Tom