To Kill A Mocking Bird
By Harper Lee
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a well respected lawyer named Atticus Finch agrees to defend a black man named Tom Robinson who has been accused of raping a white woman. Despite being scolded by the racist Maycomb community Atticus defends Mr. Robinson because he believes in justice and strives to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of this crime. This novel depicts what it was like to live in a racist white community in the 1930s during the Depression era. During this time the South was still segregated and the blacks and whites had separate facilities. The Civil Rights Movement began to move forward when a black woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Alabama. Shortly after that Martin Luther King Jr. became a predominate leader in this movement and eventually his efforts reached the goal of equality. In today’s society whites and blacks are both deemed equal because of all the efforts of the civil rights movement.
Atticus and his children face harsh criticism in Maycomb because he decided to take Mr. Robinson’s case. Atticus takes the case because he knows that Mr. Robinson is innocent even though there is such a slight chance of the case being acquitted due to the fact that the jury is all white. Another underlying reason Atticus took this case was because he wanted to reveal the truth to the community as well as encourage them to see the possibility of racial equality because he believed that it is not right an innocent man should not die because of his skin color. Atticus took the case because he wanted justice to be served and never wanted his children to believe he only took it because he had to. His daughter Scout stated that, "This was news, news that put a different light on things: Atticus had to, whether he wanted to or not. I thought it odd that he hadn't said anything about it-we could have used it many times defending him and ourselves. He had to,...
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