TKM Essay

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Gabriela Angeles


To Kill a Mockingbird

In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus who is a lawyer
chooses to defend a black man named Tom Robinson that was accused of
raping a white woman which is Bob Ewells daughter. In my own opinion
its a good thing that Atticus defends Tom because no one ever stands
up for the black people just because of the color of their skin. The
whites do not think that the blacks should have the same equal rights
as they do. Atticus thinks its wrong for them to do that so he tries
to help them in anyway he possibly can even if it means giving his
family’s name a bad reputation but its worth it to take a stand for
what he believes in. Atticus wants his kids to be like him when they
grow up, to be respectful to people no matter what the color of their
skin is.
One reason that Atticus should defend Tom Robinson is because
Atticus believes everyone should be equal. “The way that man called
him ‘boy’ all the time and sneered at him” This shows in­equality
because Mr.Gilmer was calling Mr.Robinson “boy” and well basically he
was trying to say Mr.Robinson was irresponsible.Dill said it made him
sick the way Mr.Gilmer was speaking and he said it wasn’t right to
treat them that way. As a lawyer, Atticus promises to defend anyone
that needs his help.There will be no change in prejudice until
everyone receives the same treatment in the court system.All people
deserve a fair trial and a fair judgement by their peers.” simply
because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason
for us not to try to win.” His point is that he takes the case
seriously because it requires him to make a moral decision.He has to
stand up not just for Tom Robinson, but against the town. He has to
make the choice to do what he thinks is right.
The other reason why i believe Atticus should defend Tom
Robinson is because he wants to set a good example for jem and
scout.As a father Atticus is affecionate with his children, jem and
scout, ready with a hug when they need comfort and availabe to spend
time reading to them. Although he allows his children freedom to play
and explore, he is also a firm disciplinarian, always teaching his
children to think of how their actions affect others and devising
punishments to teach his children valuable lessons.For example
Atticus says “you never really understand a person until you consider
things from his point of view­until you climb into his skin and walk

around in it.” what this quote means is that you have to look at and
understand things from the way that other people do.This quote tells
us that atticus is a good example for his children because he is
trying to intstil good moral values into his children; he is
endorsing the value of equality.This lesson of equality is important
because Maycomb is a town that is full of social prejudices,
specifically social prejudice towards the black community.Not only
does Atticus tell his children to treat people equally but he
actually acts on his own words,making him a perfect role model.To
show that Atticus is knowledgeable and a good example he says “this
time we aren’t fighting the yankees, we’re fighting our friends.But
remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our
friends and this is our home.”This quote shows us that Atticus does
not want his problem to become a problem for scout and jem.
Some people say that Atticus should not have defended Tom
Robinson because it created conflict for his family.It created
problems for scout at school.”He had announced in the schoolyard the
day before that Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers.” Cecil Jacobs
was teasing scout because her dad was defending Mr.Robinson.Atticus
told scout…