By: Bryant Wilson Atticus Finch had great determination to help Tom Robinson. He did his job as well as he knew how, and didn’t care about the color of his skin. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough because of the times and racism in Maycomb. Atticus tried to give Tom his freedom back because he knew who was guilty and who was innocent. Atticus knew that Tom had done nothing wrong and was a victim of racism and unfair circumstance.
Tom just wanted to be helpful and be of use to Mayella and she twisted his every action. Tom was convicted of helping a young white woman. Most people would have passed up the opportunity to help someone but Tom tried to do the right thing and not cause trouble. Sometimes no matter what you do, some people are going to try and “kill a mockingbird”.
Atticus was a good lawyer and an even better father. “There is a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep 'em all away from you. That's never possible.” Atticus wanted to be a good dad and keep Jem and Scout away from the evil in the world. Sometimes you must admit defeat, and Atticus knew that he could not keep it all away. Racism was too big to ignore in the small town of Maycomb.
Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. “It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus never showed Jem and Scout how to shoot because he didn’t want them to get a false sense of courage. Atticus wanted to make sure Jem and Scout knew better.
“Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself.” (TKAM) This quote is significant because Atticus always said that you never really knew a person until you walked around in their shoes....
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