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Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus teaches his children various lessons about stepping up and being the better person Atticus Finch is the ideal person to teach these lessons because he is without a doubt an icon of prestige per se Hes nonjudgmental respectful loyal honest unbiased and a believer in pacifism Atticus believes that it his duty to enlighten his children to the things that go on in Maycomb County Martin Luther King Jr said Theultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy One of the lessons Atticus teaches his children is that a man does the job no one else wants to do even if its unpopular in the eyes of majority Atticus is a perfect example because he does what has to be done what the others are afraid to do he defends an African-American in court against a white person This is at the core of Martin Luther Kings words it is both controversial and challenging By defending Tom Robinson in court Atticus shows his children how important it is to be fair and defend innocence weather the person is black or white Another example of Atticus doing something that nobody else wanted to do but was totally necessary was to go above and beyond in the trial and prove that not only was tom innocent but that it was actually Bob Ewell who beat up Mayella Atticus says to uncle jack Id hoped to get through life without a case of this kind Lee 88 What he means is that he has no choice if he didnt take this case he would be just as bad as all the other people in Maycomb county he would catch Maycombs usual disease or at least be a part of it Atticus also says Toms Robinsons case is something that goes
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