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Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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The most essential responsibility of a parent is to keep their children safe; most will not intentionally but their children in harm’s way. Harper Lee writes about a parent whose children are endangered and altered because of a decision that he makes. In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch chooses to represent Tom Robinson in court, putting his children in potential danger, earning respect from numerous people surrounding him, and teaching his kids valuable life lessons; if individuals always chose to do what is right, instead of settling for the easy solution, difficulties could be often eliminated.
Atticus Finch, a moral perfection, accepts the case of Tom Robinson despite strong opposition from his neighbors; thus, Jem and Scout are put in danger. Tom Robinson’s case deals with controversial material to begin with, which is only made more contentious because of Tom’s skin color. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930’s, during the Great Depression. Although slavery was abolished more than 50 years before the era in which this novel takes place, in the southern county that the Finch family lives, Jim Crow oppression is still exercised on the black citizens of the area. Bob Ewell, the town’s trashy free loader, has accused Robinson of assault and rape of his daughter, Mayella. Atticus reasons with Scout, regarding why he chose to accept Tom’s case; “‘…every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one’s mine, I guess,”’ (Lee 101). Atticus views this situation as a matter of pride. Somebody in the town must stand up to do the right thing, which is to represent Mr. Robinson, a “clean-living” man. He clarifies that he could not face his community any longer, nor could he represent them in the legislature, or most importantly, be a good father, without accepting the case. Above all other consequences, Atticus knows that his children will ultimately suffer because of his decision. When returning home from a school function, someone attacks Jem and Scout. Fittingly, this someone turns out to be Bob Ewell, angry with Atticus for exposing some ugly truths about his abusive lifestyle. Scout describes her life-threatening situation following the assault; “His stomach was soft but his arms were like steel. He slowly squeezed the breath out of me,” (Lee 351). After Tom Robinson’s case, Bob Ewell was incredibly embarrassed. Bob’s habit of abusing his daughter, Mayella, was exposed. Mr. Ewell is a “low-down skunk,” and attacks Atticus’s children instead of directly facing Mr. Finch. This event occurs mainly because Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson in court. Bob Ewell feels personally attacked because of the scandal that Atticus exposes in order to support his defense of Robinson. Many other racist members of the community, who feel superior to Tom Robinson, begin to look down upon the Finch family. This harms the children in ways that are physical, such as the attack by Bob Ewell, and...

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