Who Is Atticus Wisdom In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Intro Anne Frank, a Holocaust victim, once said, "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good a heart." The kindness of Anne Frank shows that she forgives people even though they can end up doing bad things to others. In Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus' wisdom of the coexistence of good and evil and the value of perspective is understood though his conversations with his children. Body #1 Through Atticus' lessons about the coexistence of good and evil, Lee shows that there is good and bad in everyone. In To Kill a Mockingbird, after Atticus and the children's appearance outside Tom Robinson's jail cell with the mob, Scout is curious as to why Mr. Cunningham was a part of the mob. Atticus replies with, "Mr. Cunningham is basically a good man, he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us."…show more content…
After Scout had a rough day of first grade, Atticus shines light on as why Scout's teacher acted that way. He tells scout, "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). From this, people can realize how different everyone is. Everyone has their own life "story" that changes the way they handle things. Before people judge others, they need to get an understanding as to why they did a certain thing. Also, after Jem and Scout receive air- rifles from their father for Christmas, he informs that what they can and cannot shoot. Atticus says, "Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (Lee119). From this, the children realize that the birds are innocent. If the mockingbirds don't do any damage, then they don't deserve any harm because they don't doing anything harmful. All in all, Lee shows the value of perspective through the wisdom of Atticus
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