And his introduction to the novel provides many instances that further the plot. Share Atticus Finch is Scout's father and a lawyer who believes in justice and tolerance. He tries to show these beliefs and instill them in his children by leading by example and doing what no other man wanted to do protect the minority.
I hadn't thought of it that way. By demonstrating that the beloved literary figure futilely defied outside - albeit for very different reasons - he effectively shows that this hopeless defiance is part of the Alabama psyche.
As educators, for instance, we know that we often fight a losing battle against the home lives and socioeconomic status of our students; however, we continue to try and fight to help students understand that they can succeed regardless of their acceptance toward our efforts.
Most of the state disagrees with the topic at hand, and they fight against any ruling from the federal government that weakens the right of the state to make decisions about its citizens.
Their bellicose mindset is unilateral, and while Atticus would not agree with their position on this topic, he is a good figure for fighting a losing battle in the name of what is right.
However I think the reference, if considered contextually, weakens the argument because Atticus fought in the name of tolerance and acceptance, he was on the "right side of history". Alabama is, as stated in the article, not. Finch's position is taken out of context.
He didn't fight the feds on a civil rights law; he would have supported the feds in equal rights for all. In addition, Finch was not "on the wrong side of history" like Moore and Wallace. He probably would cringe at being lumped in with them! The article states that, "Atticus unsuccessfully and unpopularly defended a black man in a small town trial.
Although it hints at the idea that all should fight heroically for heir causes, it does not speak, one way or the other, to the tradition of defiance stemming from the "go down fighting" psyche of Alabama.
However, at closer examination, the allusion weakens the claim because Atticus's was a liberal while Alabama has historically fought as ultraconservatives; therefore, the comparison is invalid. Atticus goes against his peers on the side of right, whereas Alabama sticks together against all progressive legislation in rebellion for rebellion's sake.
The author is clever in including this misunderstood comment, because it shows the superficial thinking of the speaker, and thus reinforces his negative portrayal of Alabama's actions. In the article, the author highlights the fact that the issue is not what Alabama is fighting for, but whether Alabama will fight until the fight is over.
The character of Atticus Finch is a character who fights until the end, even if that is a losing fight. Further inspection reveals that the author sees Alabama's defiance in a negative way. As a result, the reader may confuse the negative opinion on Alabama's defiance, applied to the Atticus reference.
In this way, the reference to Atticus does not support the author's overall claim. Atticus took on the system when he fought to defend a black man his system was within society and Maycomb County.
On a grander scale Alabama historically fights the federal system- for example: And as one examines the history and literature in parallel ways, both fights are futile. While the comparison is not perfect, it does hold to the claim.
The claim is about Alabama standing up for what they think is right even if they know they are going to lose.
Atticus is a heroic model of a person "bound up in the futility of their cause". However, it is easy to infer from the end of the article that the author feels that what Alabama is doing is as morally right as what Atticus did.
Atticus was fighting for justice, freedom, and equality, while Alabama's past cases were all in defiance of what had already been deemed just, free, and equal by our federal courts. While on a literal level Atticus, Wallace, Moore all were fighting I wonder about McWhorter, who gave this quote.
She states that "what they have in common is their heroism I wonder about her understanding of heroism and how she really thinks that Wallace and Finch belong in the same category. Atticus Finch is widely regarded as a force for good, someone who was fighting the good fight because it was the morally appropriate thing to do where as Alabama is fighting the fight based on principle, not what this author clearly views as the appropriate moral stance to take.
What results is a faulty comparison that creates confusion more than clarity.A man stood waiting with his hands on his hips. Summertime, and his children played in the front yard with their friend, enacting a strange little drama of their own invention.
It was fall, and his children fought on the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Dubose’s.
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he's always Atticus. Weird, right? Especially for kids in the rural South. Mr. Finch didn't act that way to Mayella and old man Ewell when he cross-examined them.
May 27, · Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape.
The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird is a film about Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice.
Maycomb was a tired old town, even in when I first knew it. Somehow it was hotter then. Men's stiff collars. Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it.
In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop [s]omehow it was hotter then bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square.
May 04, · An African-American man being accused is a different case, and Atticus believed that he could get this man out of trouble.
Making the decision to defend him was standing up for what he believed in. Secondly, family is also important in decisions.