• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'To kill a mocking bird' is set in the mid-1930s in Maycomb, a very prejudiced and inward-looking town. Discuss the ways in which Atticus stands up as a man of reason and courage within this very traditional and backward looking environment.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

To kill a Mocking Bird Question: 'To kill a mocking bird' is set in the mid-1930s in Maycomb, a very prejudiced and inward-looking town. Discuss the ways in which Atticus stands up as a man of reason and courage within this very traditional and backward looking environment. In the novel 'To kill a Mocking Bird' Atticus is a very respectable character. He is reputable lawyer who stands up to fight against the traditions of Maycomb County. Atticus Finch fights for what he believes is morally right. Atticus is not prejudiced over colour or wealth. He respects all people needlessly regarding their colour, wealth or stature. Atticus lives in a small town called Maycomb. Maycomb is a 'tired old town'. The citizens of Maycomb are very traditional and prejudiced people they detest any form of change. Maycomb is very narrow-minded town as most of the town folk follow traditional and prejudiced ways. The town folk follow these ways as many decades ago white people used blacks as slaves, so Maycomb use this as a tradition. In Maycomb the public do not stand for people of different backgrounds. You have to be white and rich to fit into Maycomb. ...read more.

Middle

Aunt Alexandra refers to the Cunningham's as not 'our kind of folks'. She believes that a high rank family like the Finches' shouldn't mix with low class people such as the Cunningham's. A. Alexandra has her share of secrets to hide though. She hides well the fact that cousin Joshua 'went round the bend in University' and 'tried to shoot the president'. Alexandra believes that Scout and Jem should learn the importance of 'the family and what it's meant to Maycomb County through the years. A. Alexandra tries to teach her nephew and niece about the family name and how background certifies you a better rank in Maycomb. Atticus and A. Alexandra have different opinions on people. Aunt Alexandra chooses her friends through their class and upbringing whereas Atticus chooses his friends through loyalty and truthfulness. Racism is a strong factor in Maycomb. The white nation treat the black nation like trash although they do not understand that the blacks are equal to themselves. Blacks traditionally were segregated from whites; this tradition still is in existence in Maycomb County. Violence is a main factor the whites express their hatred of blacks. This is shown when the lynch mob go down to the jailhouse to try and to kill Tom Robinson. ...read more.

Conclusion

Miss Maudie is an example of one of these people. She believes that "we're paying the highest tribute we can pay a man'. Atticus strongly regards his views that all men are equal should be broadened although he lost the case he still thinks he has a chance at making people in Maycomb change their old-fashioned ways. To conclude this essay I must say that I believe that Atticus is a strong willed person who wants to make his point made clear. Atticus teaches his children moral attitudes to life. He brings out the prejudice attitudes, which need to change. A quote that I will never forget and always cherish is that 'you never really understand a person until you climb into his skin and walk around'. This little piece of advice is almost the best piece of advice you could ever give someone. From Atticuss' viewpoint he has shown that Maycomb is very backward. He has shown that there are people who differ from the vast majority of others. Atticus has shown us that Maycomb will need a lot of different tactics to try and change the prejudice and traditional ways. Atticus has taught me that people can change their ways if they want to. Atticus mean 'philosopher' I think it is a suitable and rather good name to describe the personality of Atticus. By Halimah H Chattun ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harper Lee section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harper Lee essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    To Kill a Mocking Bird. In this essay, I will explore the ways in ...

    5 star(s)

    It is hard not see her as that flower, her fragile nature crushed so easily under her father's oppression. Yet, she is not a symbol of innocence (a Mockingbird) as she is complicit in framing Tom Robinson despite being given every chance to confess the truth that it was infact her father who attacked her.

  2. Is Maycomb a microcosm of America's society in the 1930's?

    The White people of the missionary circle are coming this assumption arrogantly. 'To kill a Mocking bird' should be considered a reliable and un-exaggerated portrait of America in the 1930's as the Author Harper Lee tries to recreate the prejudice and depression that was spread throughout America in this era.

  1. Compare and contrast how the role of childhood is presented in the novels To ...

    Pecola is described as 'agitated' and says: "Nobody's father would be naked in front of his own daughter. Not unless he was dirty too." (The Bluest Eye, P.55) Maureen had not mentioned her father, so obviously something had been happening at home that is only hinted at.

  2. To Kill A Mocking Bird Courage Comes in Many Forms.

    Mrs Henry Lafayette Dubose is an elderly lady with a severe problem to the extent of which she takes strong, generally impairing prescription doses of morphine, for pain. Mrs. Dubose is, however, considered too 'contrary' to die an addict. She therefore makes the decision to 'leave this world beholden to nothing nor nobody '.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Full Summary

    blacks, complaining about "sulkie darkies" and making ridiculous insinuations that black men, spurred on by the trial, will start coming into their beds. The women's provincialism comes out when they speak of the Mruna people - it is evident that they have no understanding of how another way of worship

  2. To what extent does Harper Lee's Symbolism contribute to the overall effectiveness of To ...

    This shows that the novel may be autobiographical in the way that they both become aware of the prejudice happening around them. Scout is also a person without any power or status in Maycomb. Her nickname is Scout. A scout is someone who goes ahead of an army to see

  1. What different views of family life are we shown in "to kill a mocking ...

    Atticus and his family entirely contrast with the Ewells. Bob Ewell is the head of the least respected and most hated family of Maycomb. Burris, Bob Ewell's son, shows how bad his living conditions are. He has head lice and is very dirty. Scout describes him as: "He was the filthiest human I had ever seen.

  2. Prejudice in "TO kill a Mocking Bird"

    in the world", they The White Middle Class (the Finches), The farming community (The Cunninghams), the lowest class of Whites (The Ewells), and the Blacks who are automatically seen at the bottom. The blacks live in their own part of town and have their own church to worship at.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work