To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Hatred: to detest or loathe. How can this textbook definition even begin to describe true hatred? In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus' idea of prejudice does not define the harsh reality of the hatred that exists in Maycomb County. Atticus believed that if even one person stopped being prejudiced, it would make a big difference. He taught his children to accept everyone for who they are, regardless of race or social standing. As a result, Atticus' misconception of evil became dangerous for him and his children. His misunderstanding of the extreme hatred in Maycomb almost cost him his children's lives.

Atticus believes that if even one person reconsiders being prejudice, it will make a difference. In the novel, Atticus' morals and values are very high. He is not racist and treats everybody the same: in a courteous and gentlemanly manner. Atticus gains the respect of some of the people in Maycomb County by acting in such a way.

The people in Maycomb showed their appreciation for Atticus's taciturn fight against racism and hatred in many different ways. Atticus was not afraid to defend Tom Robinson to his full extent, he believed every person had the right to a fair trial and believed Tom's innocence, even though he was black. As expected, Atticus did not win the case, but gained the respect of the black community. They were very happy that for once somebody was listening and sticking up for them. They showed their respect in a very open way: As a sign of respect and a thank you, the black community gave Atticus a great deal of food. "Atticus's eyes filled with tears. He did not speak for a moment. 'Tell them I'm very grateful', he said. 'Tell them-tell them they must never do this...