How Does Atticus Change In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is the story of a family in the 1930’s, and how one trial had a very impacting affect on them. All in all an eye opening novel that will change the way you perceive things forever. All told from the eyes of a young girl from Alabama named Jean Louis Finch, also known as Scout Finch. She vividly explains to us what her and her family go through. Jem Finch, (her older brother), her benevolent father Atticus Finch, (who is a very well known lawyer in Macomb County ), and their maid/baby-sitter Calpurnia have been living quite a peaceful and decent life. Until the day Atticus is assigned a case to defend a black man accused of raping a white women. After this their lives change drastically. But Atticus defending…show more content…
He is always able to take in account the feeling of others and treat them how they would like to be treated. In others words the he is a proud follower of the Golden Rule. When Atticus is assigned the case to defend Tom. He’s aware that if he wants to continue to be the leader he is and be a moral person it is only humane to take the case and fight for the rights Tom deserved. In the text it states, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before there is no reason for us not to try to win again” (101). This shows that Atticus feels that the past doesn't define who we are as a nation but rather what we make of the present will help change the world. In this case by him taking the case he will show the world that black people deserve the same rights as whites. What happened in the past no longer affects us. It’s what we make of it that affects us. Atticus is also very understanding about the fact that tom is just another human. According to the text it states, “I’m simply defending a Negro his name is Tom Robinson” (100). Once again he is understanding of the fact that your skin color doesn't define you. Furthermore, the concept of treating others how they would like to be treated is prevailed. Since most of the town of Maycomb is demeaning towards Tom. Atticus recognizes that and is standing up for Tom because he knows that he wouldn't want to be treated that
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