Integrity In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not,” says Oprah Winfrey. Integrity is shown through unyielding support of ideals on morals, while being complete or deliberate. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are several strong examples of integrity. The author in To Kill a Mockingbird illustrates integrity fully and completely through two characters that really stood out to me: Atticus and Mrs. Dubose.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus demonstrates the trait of integrity by the way he lives his life in Maycomb County. For example, when Atticus has just finished announcing to Scout that he has taken up a case for Tom Robinson, “a negro,” he tells Scout, “Scout, you aren’t old enough to understand some things yet, but there’s been some high talk around town to the effect that I should not do much about defending this man (100).” Even though Atticus knew without a doubt, that he would lose this case, he takes it up anyways. He does this because in a town like this, he must keep his head high and this was a good way to accomplish that. Also, he knows that even though he will be unsuccessful, he must establish honesty. He shows integrity through this because of the obstinate manner he has with his word and the way that he runs his life. Another instance of integrity shown by Atticus is when he says, “It’s against the law, all right and certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief check on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don’t know of any landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit (41).” This example shows that even though it may be against the law, no one will judge a man who shoots an animal for his starving children for food. Attorney Finch bends the law to do the right thing which in this case is feeding and getting food for the starving children. Atticus has several morals that are influenced through his way of raising Jem and Scout and through his ways of working as a lawyer. Atticus demonstrates integrity by always sticking to what he believes in.
Mrs. Dubose is an old woman who has a morphine addiction who...

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