Maycomb's Civil Rights Leader Comparison Essay

Maycomb's Civil Rights Leader
A comparison of Martin Luther King and Atticus Finch from Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird".
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The paper illustrates how both the character of Atticus, from Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird", and Martin Luther King were moral, strong-willed and courageous men who were well-educated and held high positions in their communities. The paper describes how both the real-life civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, and the fictional lawyer Atticus, worked for the betterment of mankind and spoke out against racism and social injustice while displaying non-violent resistance. The paper concludes that while Atticus may not have changed the world as Martin Luther King did, he did make a significant difference in the lives of the people of Maycomb and his two children.

From the Paper:

"Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, follows the moral and intellectual development of Jem and Scout Finch as they encounter racism and social division in the depression-era south. The main theme throughout Lee's book is racism and how horrible it is. Jem and Scout come to realize this during the trial and wrongful conviction of Tom Robinson, an Alabama black man accused of raping a white woman. A side theme throughout the book is Boo Radley and how he always stays inside his house. The reason Boo stays inside the house is not revealed until towards the end of the book, when Jem realizes that Boo wants to stay away from the hatred and complications of the outside world."

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