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To Kill A Mockingbird: Argumentative Essay – Atticus Is A Hero A Modern Audience

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Imagine yourself doing something that was completely unspeakable of in your society. Now, what if I told you it was something that came down to a concept as simple as black and white? Racial injustice is the biggest problem that is faced throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus Finch was put on the spot many times and during these many occurrences we see his moral and ethically inclined personality show. For this reason, Atticus is indeed a hero to a modern audience because he demonstrates an approach to situations that would better society. Not only does he expresses this through sticking to his conscience and morals; but Atticus also shows courage and puts himself ...view middle of the document...

This is because he knows that he must do what is right over what is conforming to the norms of Maycomb’s overall population. Therefore showing the value of his morals and ethics over the opinions and minds of those who may influence him the most. This headstrong characteristic of doing what is right and not conforming is an imperative part of being considered of the heroic class.
Not only is the audacious nature of Atticus shown through his headstrong personality, but Atticus also puts himself and his reputation at risk in order to accomplish the results he wants to achieve. This shows another major aspect of being a “hero”, courage. Now this is noted on several pages of the novel, however, the one that stays true to this moral is when Atticus talks to his children about the opinions of the Tom Robinson case. "Atticus, you must be wrong...."
"How's that?"
"Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong...."
"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions," said Atticus, "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." (Lee, 139) While this does directly tie into overall morality, a theme kept constant in the novel, it also shows courage. Instead of caring about the opinions of those around him he pays more attention to the actual payout of his efforts. Who is it going to help, how will it help, and why is this important? All of these are questions that by applying Atticus Finch’s logic, shown here, are made clear. He feels that the overall livelihood and wellbeing of those in his community are more important than “fitting-in”. This gives us a sense of not only morality and ethical treatment for everyone, but also a sense of courage by Atticus.
On the other hand, some may say that Atticus Finch is not a hero to a modern...

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