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Eng10 Compare&Contrast; Atticus Finch Vs. Martin Luther King

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Cathy Z

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Transcript of Eng10 Compare&Contrast; Atticus Finch Vs. Martin Luther King

Atticus Finch
Martin Luther King

Cathy Z
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A fictional character...
Although both persona's occupations were different...
No matter how similar they may seem, there are still some key differences.
Of course, not everyone thought what they did was heroic.
They were the same in many ways.
Finch, being a lawyer; accepted on his own will to take the case of Tom Robinson. In the mid 1900's, that was severely looked down upon.

Martin Luther King lived in the same time setting. That was the time where blacks had absolutely NO civil rights. King stood up for the black community and cried out for peace; although not all feedback was positive.
Unfortunately, King was assassinated by a sniper's bullet at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.

Although Atticus wasn't assassinated, the people in the little town of Maycomb insulted the Finch family and said they were a disgrace. Even Finch's own relatives looked down upon him.
Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. New York City: J. B. Lippincott, 1960

Harper Lee's character Atticus Finch; in the classic novel "To Kill A Mockingbird," is a fair-minded lawyer, and a loving father to Scout & Jem Finch; Set in the time period of mid 1900's.
African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King was born in 1929. His cry for an end to racism in the United States through popular speech "I Have A Dream" has touched many hearts.
A Civil Rights activist...
How could both personas be so similar?
Finch and King both lived in Alabama in a time period (Mid 1900's) where "coloured people" were looked down upon.

both believed & treated negroes equally with respect. Although King himself was a "negro," he and Finch still tried to teach the importance about treating everybody equally; whether it was King to the public, or Finch to his own 2 children.
Despite that fact ,
Atticus Finch was born a white man; he lived in a little town called Maycomb in Alabama.
African-American Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia and later moved to Alabama where he resided in Birmingham in 1954.
Finch became a lawyer, though he has never went to school. He spends most of his nights reading.

King went to Morehouse college and Boston University, and earned his PhD in Theology .
Moran, Mark. "On This Day" Finding Dulcinea. Devin Felter, 4 April 2011.
Martin Luther King JR.Biography A+E Television Networks, LLC. www.biography.com 13 January 2012
2013 Shmoop University, Inc. "Atticus Finch Character Analysis" Shmoop.

2013 Shmoop University, Inc. "Atticus Finch Quotes" Shmoop.
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