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Explain the differences between the attitudes and outlook of Atticus and Alexandra

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Explain the differences between the attitudes and outlook of Atticus and Alexandra! Even in society today, people have different views and opinion, which often leads to tension and upset within a community. A perfect example of this is shown throughout the story "To Kill A Mockingbird". We are shown in the book how two people within one family, Atticus and Aunt Alexandra can have completely different views on subjects such as tolerance prejudice and the up bringing of children. Obviously people who are very closely related and have contradicting views on certain subjects can cause conflict, which is why we have to learn to see things from other people's perspective. Atticus is a fair-minded lawyer in the town of Maycomb, he is courteous, courageous and can be described as a teacher of life's morals. He is a very liberal thinker and his self-respect and pride demand that he makes sure Tom Robinson gets a fair trial. ...read more.


Because of his penetrating intelligence, calm wisdom, and exemplary behaviour, everyone, including the very poor, respects Atticus. He functions as the moral backbone of Maycomb, a person to whom others turn in times of doubt and trouble. . This however changes when he begins to defend Tom Robinson, the rest of the Maycomb community then become hostile to Atticus because he is helping someone who belongs to what they regard as a lower class. Even his own family did not think that he should be defending Tom Robinson. Aunt Alexandra is not favourably portrayed by Scout, although she does teach some very important lessons even though you can only see them if you look deeper. It's his qualities that makes him so admirable yet ultimately causes his falling out with the people of Maycomb. Atticus practices the ethic of sympathy and understanding that he preaches to Scout and Jem and never holds a grudge against the people of Maycomb. ...read more.


Aunt Alexandra feels that Atticus is making a mistake by defending Tom Robinson; she believes that it is wrong for the white people of maycomb to mix with the blacks. She doesn't think that it's right for Calpurnia to work for the finches and doesn't agree that Scout should visit her house or church. Atticus, however defends Calpurnia because she had gained his respect and regards her as a faithful member of the family. Calpurnia represents the bridge between the black and the white community and Alexandra doesn't agree that this bridge should be crossed. As I have explained Aunt Alexandra and Atticus have very different views and outlooks. Even though they come from the same family and background they have grown up into two completely different people. Atticus is very modern in not only his thinking and work but also his teaching and discipline of his children where as Aunt Alexandra is much more old fashioned and can be described as "stuck in the past" with her attitudes and opinions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicola Phillips 11:2 English Essay "To Kill A Mockingbird" September 2001 ...read more.

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