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To Kill A Mocking Bird Static and Dynamic Character Project

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Transcript of To Kill A Mocking Bird Static and Dynamic Character Project

A TRULLY STATIC CHARACTER Atticus Finch ATTICUS FINCH Morality Righteousness and Equity Strength A static character is a character who's perspective and choices remain the same throughout the beginning of the novel to the very end. A static character is consistent throughout the whole novel and does not undergo a major change. Atticus Finch fits the definition of a static character for he shows outstanding intellect and understanding for life. He has experienced many events in which his personality could have been altered but he stayed consistent all throughout the novel. Atticus Finch is a static character because he is able to teach his children morality, he has always been honest, and believes in righteousness and equity. He has never gone out of character all throughout the book, he is able to maintain and stabilize a certain nature recognizable to mostly all the people of Maycomb. Atticus proves to have great morals. He lives by a set of rules of expectations and he makes sure that his children live by them as well. As a single parent, Atticus has never changed for the lives of his children. He had remained who he is and taught Jem and Scout good morals. Atticus tries to ensure his children, especially Scout, get ‘through it [Tom Robinson’s case] without bitterness, and most of all, without Maycomb’s usual disease.” (Lee 100.) This ‘disease” Atticus refers to is racism and prejudice. Atticus is a strong supporter against racism and prejudice, he will never offend any innocent or misjudged African-American. He teaches this lesson of being equal and fair to Jem and Scout and sets an example.This is significant because if Atticus were to stop advising Scout and Jem about racism and they heard wrong from others in Maycomb, there wounl not be this dearly affection between the parent and their child. Jem and Scout would become rebellious against Atticus because he was supporting and defending a black man. Atticus though, is not like this and wants his children to respect him. This causes him to show great morals and teach how to treat each person equally. He never seeks revenge and shows sympathy for almost everyone. Though, he has strong feeling toward racism and had strongly stated, "As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash." (Lee 365.) Atticus has never given up on these morals throughout the book. He has strength in guiding his children and himself throughout the dense fog and into the beautiful light of the sun. Atticus is never being a hypocrite to his methods of teaching and he never changed his perspective on racism. Atticus has always been righteous and equal toward law, he has proven himself worthy in court and he shows this equity outside the court as well. As his duty as a lawyer, he meets all the characteristic requirements to remain dutiful and provide justice. Atticus proves to be very strong and dutiful everywhere he goes. He knows the consequences for one’s actions and he pertains to the law. One of the many reasons as to why Atticus took Tom Robinson’s case (other than the judge telling him to take it) is because it is the right thing to do and everyone should be able to have a lawyer. Plus, Atticus cannot risk the fact that his children might never respect him again knowing that he taught them how to act rightly. He also knows the difference from opinion and truth as he had strongly stated in court during Tom Robinson’s trial, "The witnesses for the state have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to this court, in the cynical confidence that their testimony would not be doubted, confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption-the evil assumption-that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber. Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson's skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men cannot 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.” (Lee 232.) This quote strong supports how strongly Atticus supports the power of justice and equity. Atticus has always been strong in doing what is right and is determined serve law, which shows his great correlation as a lawyer. Another example for his static character trait would be when Boo Radley saves Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell. Atticus had believed Jem had stabbed Mr. Ewell and wanted justice for the crime. He wanted his children to respect him and not go against his words, for he would not be able to live like this. Atticus had a strong respect for law and his personality never changes, even when putting his own child against the law. Atticus Finch is never weary of strength throughout the novel. Though he is tired in many cases, he still has that strength inside of him willing to fight anything in his way. Atticus is still that strong man in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” never changed. Some examples of his strength are at the court case and his will to keep on fighting for Tom Robinson, his strength to keep all the insults inside him and not let it get the better of him, his strength of handling mighty tasks, and most of all his strength to raise and protect his only children. Atticus’s strength was something special during the case because not only did he fight because he had to and wanted to, it was because he was fighting for the benefit of Maycomb, for Jem and Scout, for morals, and for the blacks, whether he knew it or not. He showed the people of Maycomb the wrongness of racism, he needed to show Jem and Scout not be racist and that whites and blacks are equal, he needed to do the right thing, and him fighting for one black was like fighting for all the blacks. Another example of a great strength Atticus showed was his ability to raise Jem and Scout on his own and with some help of Aunt Alexander and Calpurnia. Atticus has properly and strongly brought up Jem and Scout to respectable young children. He had many hardships dealing with the negative influence that had affected his kids, but he eventually got through their heads. Throughout the novel Atticus has never broken in strength, he keeps his mental and physical aspects to himself and does not let others underestimate him. Words of all kinds were jabbed and strongly thrown at Attticus, but he had all the strength he needed to ignore and hold his head up high. Atticus is never at the edge of the battle, he is always pushing to the limit. Atticus had said to Jem once, “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." (Lee 185.) This is why Atticus is a strong character, he understands and portrays his wisdom of knowledge and life. Wisdom "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." (Lee 48.) Understanding/ Meaning of Life “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 49.) http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/145/c/9/Atticus_Finch_by_Crispy_Gypsy.jpg
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