To Kill A Mocking Bird Essay “… Every Lawyer Gets

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To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay "… every lawyer gets at least one case in their lifetime that affects him personally. This one's mine, I guess."(76) People are confronted with new challenges every day, some harder than others. The way each individual approaches these challenges, differs from one person to the next. The piece of literature To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee shows us that there are many thing to consider when making a proper decision.The way one handles a problem can have a large effect on one's life. When Atticus chose to proceed defending Tom Robinson, even though lots of bad things were going to happen and be said about him; he chose to not do things the cowardly way. Atticus knew that his decision to continue with the trial would affect him and his children's lives, he shows this knowledge when he says, "when summer comes you'll have to keep your head about far worse things…"(104) Atticus could have chosen the easy way out, to discontinue defending Tom Robinson because he is black, but he wouldn't have been able to live with himself as he states, "…if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again."(75) This shows that if Atticus were to discontinue defending Tom, that would annul the very thing that makes him himself, a lawyer, a father. If he would have chosen not to defend Tom, he would have lost his dignity and self respect. Sometimes people do not always take the correct approach to a problem however.Sometimes people do not think before they react. Scout was told by her father not to fight no matter what anyone said about him. When the Finchs celebrated Christmas, Scout's cousin Francis pushed Scout to fight with him, "I guess it ain't your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger...

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