In my sophomore year of highschool we read the book To Kill a Mockingbird. My teacher had us write an essay about the book. I don’t quite remember the requirements because it was so long ago but, I think that I did fairly well on this essay.
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the main characters is Atticus Finch. He is a Lawyer, and also a father of two children. He is a great role model for the kids and also a hero in this story as well. He has a black housekeeper, named Calpurnia, and she takes care of the kids for Atticus while he is at work. He is a wonderful father, role model, and hero to Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, and Jem Finch. Atticus Finch has taught his children many things such as how to read and how to be respectful to others, even if they did not like them.
Atticus is a good father because, he taught Scout how to read before she was even in school. She was the only child to have known how to read as well as she did, “‘I never went to school’ he said ‘but I have a feeling that if you tell Miss Caroline we read every night she’ll get after me, and I wouldn’t want her after me.’” (Atticus, 32), what Atticus is pretty much saying is that if Miss Caroline finds out that Mr. Finch is being a good father by teaching his kids how to read then she will get very stern with him. He is also a good father because he stands up for his kids, and wants them to the right things, just like when Jem squashed Mrs. Dubose’s flowers, “She wants you to come every afternoon after school and Saturdays and read to her out loud for two hours” (Atticus,105). Just like he stood up to Mr. Tate to tell him that even if Jem killed Bob Ewell out of self-defense, he needed to go to court and explain that instead of having people laugh at him and think that his father got him out of it just because he is a lawyer, “‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart, but I don’t want my boy starting out with something like this over his head. […] I don’t want him growing up with a whisper about him, I don’t want anybody saying, ‘Jem Finch … his daddy paid a mint to get him out of that.’ Sooner we get this over with the better’” (Atticus, 273).
A role model is someone who sets a good example for other people. Atticus is one of these people. He sets a good role model for his children by going to work every day, and being a gentleman wherever he is at. Atticus is a good man, he does what’s right and wants the same thing for his children. Atticus is a good example because he does not like to drink so that shows the kids that he is a good father and want to take care of them, “‘Atticus doesn’t drink whiskey,’ I said. […] ‘He said he drank some one time and didn’t like it.’” (Scout, 45), this quote shows that he is choosing his children over drinking. Another Example of him being a good role model is him standing there letting Bob Ewell curse at him and spit in his face and let him call him names, “Atticus was leaving the post office when Mr. Ewell approached him, cursed him, spat on him, and threatened to kill him. […] Atticus didn’t bat an eye, just took out his handkerchief and wiped his face and stood there and let Mr. Ewell call him names wild horses could not bring her to repeat.” (Scout, 217), Atticus doesn’t really like Mr. Ewell so he just lets him “walk all over him” meaning he lets him say what he wants to say to Atticus because Atticus knows that he is better than Bob Ewell anyways.
Atticus is known as a hero to the black people because he tried his hardest to defend Tom Robinson, even though Tom was accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, when he didn’t, “I looked around. They were standing. All around us and in the balcony on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet. Reverend Sykes’s voice was as distant as Judge Taylor’s: ‘ Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your Father’s passin’.’” (Scout, 211), the reason that the blacks are standing when Atticus passes is because they are showing respect to Atticus for being grateful enough to stand up for Tom. At first, Jem was a little annoyed about Atticus defending Tom, “‘Son, I have no doubt that you’ve been annoyed by your contemporaries about me lawyering for niggers’” (Atticus, 104).
This Book had a lot of intense scenes and the one scene that was the most intense was the courtroom scene, because it is unfair how the white people treated the blacks. Atticus is brave to stand up for a black man, when the whites and blacks are not supposed to be friends with the white people.