Atticus: Climb into His Skin and Walk Around in it
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the ideas that all people should be treated equally are debated and passed around. The county of Maycomb portrays that all people are not treated equally and that they can be cruel, racist, ignorant, and sexist. When even Atticus’s family start to question him on representing a colored man, Tom Robinson, in court, he not only maintains his morals and views, he teaches his children, Jem and Scout, those views as well. He teaches them to know a person’s story before jumping to conclusions. Atticus’s morals and actions are exemplary during the Tom Robinson case as he inspires others throughout the novel.
The most obvious of Atticus’s views are to treat everyone equally and fairly. He does not care what race or gender they are, all that matters who they are deep inside. When Scout questions Atticus about being a so-called ‘Nigger Lover’, he simply replied “I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody…I’m hard put, sometimes--baby; it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you” (144). Atticus is always Scout when he constantly talks about treating everyone fairly and equally. And even though, Jem is wiser, he slowly learns Atticus’s morals throughout the book as well.
Atticus also believes that before someone starts talking about them, they should also know their entire story. He believes that it is immoral to talk about someone when you only know bits and pieces of information and rumors that they possibly heard from someone walking out on the street. When Atticus tries to teach Scout not to question people or talk about Boo Radley, he tells Scout “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really...