'To Kill a Mockingbird': How does Harper Lee use the character of Attic's Finch to persuade us of her point of view about prejudice and injustice?
Attic's Finch is one of the major characters in the novel who is held in high regard in the community of Macomb. Attic's, as the father of Scout and Gem, Is the role model and pillar of support for them as they develop through life. Harper Lee has deliberately created Attic's and given him certain characteristics to voice her own views and opinions on issues of prejudice and injustice.
Attic's is a man with high morals and respects all people around him, regardless of what they think of him. He is the key character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird that Harper Lee uses to present her own views and beliefs. As the father of Jem and Scout, Attic's Is a very understanding man. He attempts to teach Gem and Scout as they progress through life and through different events, and is the pillar of support for both children. Attic's is a very wise person, who respects all people around him regardless of what they think of him.
He understands that people have their own views and opinions, and while they may be different from his or what he thinks is right, they still deserve to be respected and treated equally. He understands the value of empathy, and how It can be used to understand a person and how the person acts. This can be seen when he attempts to teach Scout about this value, 'You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. ' pop. Attic's, as a father, teaches Gem and Scout about moral values, and to respect other people no tater the circumstances.
Attic's can be continually seen throughout the book attempting to divert Scout from her violent ways, and to never react to another person's actions or words. He displays this quality later in the book when Bob Ewell spits on Attic's' face, yet he calmly walks away from him. These qualities about Attic's develop the reader into feeling respect and admiration for Attic's himself, and tends to focus the reader more upon the words and messages that he conveys throughout the book. By enhancing the reader's feelings towards Attic's, Harper Lee uses this to her advantage by presenting messages and her own views through the character.
As the issues of racism, prejudice and injustice would have been affecting Harper Lee's personal context, she would have had strong opinions on these issues. Attic's Finch displays extraordinary strength of character throughout the book, and his acts of justice, anti-prejudice and equality send through messages to the reader of these themes. Harper Lee uses Attic's to show how she feels people in a society should be like, and uses him to display Ideal characteristics and personality. 'l wanted you to e want real courage Is, Instead AT getting ten Idea Tanat courage Is a man welt a gun in his hand.
Its when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. ' IPPP shows Attic's informing Gem of what true courage really is, yet also presents this message to the reader about his courage in taking up the Tom Robinson case. Such a situation is relevant, as Attic's shows courage by taking the defense of Robinson as his responsibility while knowing that inevitably society's prejudice and injustice of blacks would rule over any evidence or hard facts. Attic's' sense of Justice and his unwavering principles pushes him to 'begin anyway and see it through no matter what'.
Readers can understand the different views that Harper Lee feels about prejudice and injustice in society through Attic's, and further understand and take this view seriously due to his numerous admirable qualities. It is through Attic's that Harper Lee develops the major idea of the 'mockingbird'. At one point in the novel, when Gem and Scout receive air rifles, Attic's says to them 'I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all he blue Jays you want, if you can't hit 'me, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. Pop. Ms Maude Atkinson further develops this by informing to Gem and Scout that mockingbirds do nothing but provide pleasurable music for people to enjoy. Through this, Attic's teaches Gem and Scout more values, that it is a sin to kill things that are innocent. However, for the reader this statement has a much deeper and profound meaning. The 'mockingbirds' refer to characters in the story, namely Tom Robinson and Boo Raddley. Tom Robinson is falsely accused of raping a white girl, yet is innocent and as not done anything to the white community to spite their hatred.
Boo Raddled is also another character in the story who is pictured as a madman and a freak, who 'dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch' pop. Society paints a horrid picture of him, yet he is found in the end of the book to be a quite average and harmless man. Attic's is constantly the one who stands up for both of these men; for Tom Robinson he defends his court case though destined to lose, and continually forces the children to abandon their teasing and provocations of Boo Raddled.
Harper Lee builds up the profile of Attic's Finch through his words and actions. She develops him into a figure of personality and character, and portrays messages and subtexts through him. She develops ideas and themes of the novel, and shows the reader the moral values and beliefs of Harper Lee through Attic's. It is also through Attic's that Harper Lee explores the ideas of prejudice and injustice, and the symbolism of the mockingbird. Attic's Finch is the ideal character in the novel, and is extremely important in the delivery of views of Harper Lee to responders.