To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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In Harper Lee's novel Scout tends to always defend herself when someone is insulting her or her family with her fists and fighting. Throughout the novel Atticus tries to break her of this habit and attempts to teach her that there are other ways to solve a disagreement rather then fighting. "You might hear some ugly talk about it at school. But do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat. Try fighting with you head for a change..." PG 84. Even though Scout doesn't want to discard her father's advice she finds it harder to walk away from a fight than to just ignore the things being ...view middle of the document...

When Atticus walks past Mrs Dubose and insults him he just pays her a sincere compliment, tips his hat and walks off. " Atticus would sweep off his hat, wave gallantly, to her and say, "Good evening, Mrs Dubose. You look like a picture this evening" PG 111 This stops her insulting Atticus and makes her feel good about herself in a way rather than her feeling good from other people's misery.The difference between Jem and Atticus's reaction to Mrs Dubose's insults is that Atticus used his head to stop her from insulting him by being sociable and friendly whilst Jem in a way used his fists by attacking back and was punished for these actions. Thus the advice given to Scout from Atticus about not fighting and ignoring the "ugly talk" is very good.When I was last faced with ugly talk from a person my age I retaliated back because I don't like it when some is saying bad things about you at your face; it shows that they really want you to get annoyed and angry. I retaliated back to prove what they said was wrong even though I shouldn't of taken it so personally but sometimes you can't help it if you know that what they say is wrong. In some ways Atticus's advice would've been better for me. Even though I did fight back I gained another enemy where as if I didn't retaliate it wouldn't have happened. But if I did absolutely nothing and ignored it, it would show that what they said didn't offended me, which it did and I would lose some self respect because I let people put me down to my face and they would keep doing it.When someone is saying some "ugly talk" to me or insulting me in more cases I would find it harder to walk away than to stay and fight. But if I know that I couldn't win the argument or I would get punished for what I was going to do I would walk away and ignore it. If I know I could win or strongly believe what I think, fighting back would be the easier option for me because I like to stand up and defend myself when being attacked verbally or physically instead of being insulted and walked all over. Defending yourself gives you more respect as it shows that you don't take being insulted lightly and others won't think you're weak and...

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