Taking a Stand

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat
up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their
hearts out to us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (119) The meaning of
“mockingbirds” refers to good and innocent people who are destroyed by the bad and
evil. For example, Boo Radley is like a mockingbird. Just as mockingbirds do not cause
harm to people but “sing their hearts out for us” Boo does not harm anyone, but instead
leaves Jem and Scout presents, gives Scout blankets when the house caught on fire,
and protects the kids from getting killed by Bob Ewell. In To Kill a Mockingbird (TKaM)
by Harper Lee, Aunt Alexandra, Atticus, and Arthur “Boo” Radley took a stand for what
they believed in and for their opinions which were integrity, equality, and feminism. The
book’s main characters are Scout, Jem, Atticus, Tom, Boo, Miss Maudie, Calpurnia, Dill,
Aunt Alexandra, Bob, and Mrs. Dubose.The genre of this book is realistic fiction. This
setting of this book is in Maycomb County, Alabama. Scout lives with her father Atticus
and her older brother Jem. Scout’s mom died from a heart attack when Scout was just
only 2 and Jem was 6. Each main character in this book took a stand for at least 1
person or thing.

My first character that took a stand was Aunt Alexandra. She acted like a mother
figure to Scout and took a stand for feminism. Since Scout grew up with only Atticus and
Jem, she caught along to their “boy” habits which made her turn into a tomboy. Aunt
Alexandra expects Scout to be more feminine. “Aunt Alexandra’s vision of my
deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl
necklace she gave me when I was born.” (108) This shows Aunt Alexandra’s
expectations for Scout are very high and is trying to encourage her to get Scout on the
right track. Aunt Alexandra also wanted Scout to dress more ladylike since Scout
always wore overalls. “I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches” (108)
Scout was forced to wear dresses to school and church. Aunt Alexandra told Scout that
if she needed to be doing something that required pants, then she shouldn’t be doing it
at all. Lastly, these 2 quotes tell us how Aunt Alexandra acted like a mother to Scout
and took a stand for encouraging Scout to be more feminine.
My second character that I’m introducing is Atticus. Atticus stood up for equality.
He believed that the black and white should all be treated the same. Atticus treated the
blacks just as well as he treated the whites because he thinks everyone is the same and
should be treated equally. “I do my best to love everybody.” (144) This shows that
Atticus doesn’t care if you’re black or white, he will treat you with the same respect as
he treats everyone else. Atticus thinks that there is no particular race to men. “The
assumption-the evil assumption-that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically
immoral beings.” (273) This shows that men do not have labels in Atticus’s eyes and
that it isn’t fair people make such nasty assumptions of Negroes and that everyone
should be treated equally. Atticus thinks that the facts of life aren’t fair. “In our courts,
when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins” (295)
This shows that Atticus thinks that people’s races shouldn’t matter if someone is guilty
or not, and he also wonders why it makes white people crazy. Finally, this shows that
Atticus thinks that everyone should be treated fairly and to be treated the same.
My last character that took a stand, was Arthur “Boo” Radley. Boo took a stand
for integrity and did the right thing when no one was watching. Also, and when no one
expected him to or asked him to. He always had been watching out for the kids (Jem
and Scout). When Bob Ewell was trying to kill the kids, suddenly he automatically let go.
“He slowly squeezed the breath out of me. I could not move. Suddenly he was jerked
backwards and flung on the ground.”(351) Boo was watching out for the kids this whole
entire time when no one even asked him to and when no one was watching. When Miss
Maudie’s house caught on fire, Boo secretly gave Scout a blanket without her even
having to ask. “I looked down and found myself clutching a brown woolen blanket I was
wearing around my shoulders.”(95) Scout didn’t even know it was Boo until Jem
realized it was Boo. Boo showed integrity for doing the right thing when no one was
watching. Atticus would use to always tell Scout that you really don’t understand a man
until you walk in their shoes. “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really
understand a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing
on the Radley Porch was enough.”(374) Scout finally understands why he protected her
and Jem from Bob. She sees her childhood through his eyes, and Boo treats the kids
like his own. Last but not least, these 3 quotes lead us to think that Boo showed integrity
when no one else did, and when no one expected him to do such nice things for the
Finch family.
In conclusion, my 3 characters took a stand for equality, integrity, and feminism.
Aunt Alexandra took a stand for helping Scout act more ladylike, Atticus took a stand for
equality, and Boo Radley took a stand for integrity. Each one of these characters stood
up for what they believed in and what they thought that was right. My view is worth
consideration by the reader because it shows how each character individually take a
stand. It kind of gives us a lesson of being brave and having the courage to do
something. If you think about it, some people don’t have the courage to stand up for
what they think. They think they will either get in trouble, get makin fun of, or judged. In
my opinion, if someone has a different idea/opinion than someone else, they should
speak up and stand up for their own decisions.


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