Tom Robinson Quotes (2 quotes)
Famous Atticus Finch Quotes
You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire. On the one hand, Atticus is totally right: we need to judge people as individuals rather than by their race. No argument here. On the other hand, check out the way he calls the lie of racist stereotypes "as black as Tom Robinson's skin," once again associating evilness with blackness, although in a more figurative way.
He is a lawyer living in a small town and a single father doing his best in raising his two kids — Jem and Scout. Atticus is as close to the perfect parent as we can only imagine. He is always attentive to his kids, ready to answer their questions, empathic and eager to explain them his own moral code. Atticus emphasizes that judgement of others is always flawed until one tries to think about the things making that others behave that way. As a lawyer, Atticus surely knows well what is judging a person — but we see him faithful to this principle to the end, even when almost all the town was against him. Defending Tom Robinson , Atticus is determined to find the truth. From the hothead who is engaging into a fight for a slightest reason, Scout turns into a compassionate girl who, despite being strong enough to solve problems by force, tries to understand the other side first.
Scout is describing her home early in the novel.
there is always a wrong to your right
Obama quotes Atticus Finch
Like Boo Radley , Tom Robinson isn't just an individual. He's also a litmus test for Maycomb's racism—and, unfortunately for him, it fails. Tom Robinson's name comes up long before he appears in person, but the main issue setting tongues wagging isn't whether Tom is innocent or guilty, but Atticus's resolve to give him a good defense. Tom himself is basically absent from these debates, which assume either that he's guilty or that, regardless of his guilt or innocence, he should be punished for getting anywhere near Mayella. And Tom stays invisible through most of the novel. When the lynch mob turns up at the jail where he's being held, they face off with Atticus while Tom himself listens silently from inside.
An ongoing theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is the complicated relationship between the abstract justice system and the individuals who participate in it. Although institutions may appear fair on paper, each trial is in some way biased by the judge, jury, lawyers, and other individuals in the courtroom. Here, Atticus tells Jem and Scout that an unbiased trial is realistically impossible. Overall, the book suggests that despite this inherent bias, each individual must strive to make their participation in the trial as free of prejudice as possible. It also suggests that social change does not occur quickly but is accumulated over time; from this perspective, prolonging the jury deliberation indicates potential future change and represents a step in the right direction. This statement maintains a thread of optimism despite the tragic outcome of the case. This line reveals the instance between the ideal of American courts and the reality.