“When thing to do. Despite receiving hate from some

“When you do the right things in the right way you have nothing to lose because you have nothing to fear.”- Zig Ziglar (motivational speaker). The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, details the coming of age of two young children, Jean Louise (Scout) Finch, and Jeremy (Jem) Finch.  The novel takes place in 1930’s Alabama during economic hard times after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. A middle aged lawyer and father of Jem and Scout, Atticus, raises his children to treat others with respect.  Atticus exhibits strong leadership and morals when he accepts a controversial case,  stands up to a crowd of towns people that wish to harm him and his client, and declares his own son will go through the legal process when accused of a crime. The first instance of Atticus proving his morality is by accepting a highly controversial court case that involved an African American man, Tom Robinson, being accused of raping Maycomb resident, Mayella Ewell. Atticus did not accept the case because he would be paid for the service, but rather because he believed in the principal of defending an African American man in rural Alabama. Additionally, Atticus remarks, “If I didn’t (accept the case) I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.” (Lee 75).  Here, Atticus outlines his moral duty to defend a case that is impossible to win.  Lastly, because of his decision to take the case, Jem and Scout receive rude remarks about their father. Cecil Jacob accuses, “Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers.” (Lee 74). Atticus fulfils his duties nonetheless because he know it is the right thing to do. Despite receiving hate from some members in Maycomb, Atticus was applauded by others. “There are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.” (Lee 215).  Miss Maudie recognizes the honor in standing up for what you believe in, and believes Atticus is the archetype of this belief system. Later in the novel, Atticus further proves his strong morals when he acts as a figurative guardian of Tom Robinson in the face of an angry mob of townspeople. With the assistance of Scout, Atticus diffuses a confrontation without any casualties. His extraordinary courage is a very admirable trait for a successful leader to possess.

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