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Atticus In Harper Lee´S To Kill A Mockingbird

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“I ran in the direction of Jem’s scream and sank into flabby male stomach. Its owner said, “Uff” and tried to catch my arms, but they were tightly pinioned. His stomach was soft but his arms were like steel. He slowly squeezed the breath out of me. I could not move. Suddenly he was jerked backwards and flung on the ground, almost carrying me with him. I thought, Jem’s up. The scuffling noises were dying:someone wheezed and the night was still again”(Lee 301). What happened was Jem and Scout were coming home and Bob ewell attacked them and kill them because Atticus beat him in court.So the person that is wheezing later turns out to be Bob Ewell who was stabbed by the mysterious Boo Radley who ...view middle of the document...

What Atticus is trying to say is it would not be honorable if he did not take this case.He says he would not be able to hold his head up in town because he would be mocked for taking taking a case to defend a black man. Here Atticus teaches his kids racism is wrong, do not back down because what others will think, and you always need courage. Another lesson that Atticus tries to teach his kids that goes hand in hand with racism is stereotyping
Another lesson that Atticus tries to teach his kids that stereotypes and judging people “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 33).. He reinforces this when he says One common stereotype throughout the book is that Boo Radley is a very sick and twisted guy that kills people. Jem and Scout believed this because they have never seen him once leave the house so there was no way to confirm he was this bad guy. During the book when Miss Maudie's house catches fire Jem takes Scout down toward the Radleys place and as they watch her house burn down, when Boo Radley sees this he comes out and puts a blanket on scout without her knowing. ”thank who?” ”Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you”(Lee 72). It shows he is a good guy because Boo protects Scout by putting a blanket over her shoulders when it super cold out. The kind action of Boo Radley putting the blanket on Scout when she was cold goes along with the next topic which is human kindness.

An action of human kindness that is showed in To Kill a Mockingbird is displayed when Jem and Scout read to Mrs. Dubose because Jem ruined all of her camellia bushes. They did not understand what was wrong with her but Atticus knew she was sick with cancer and did not want to tell his kids. Everyday they went to read to her the time got longer and...

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