Jordans Post 10

In To Kill a Mockingbird the noble hero Atticus Finch made a number of sacrifices. By taking on the case against Tom Robinson he takes an extraordinary risk. He endangers his own life as well as his children’s by standing up against the lynch mob. Another instance of danger is when Bob Ewell tries to attack his children. By taking on this daunting task Atticus also subjects his family to ridicule and taunting from the community. To many of his family members and the community members Atticus brings shame on his family’s name for defending an African American in court. The decision Atticus makes to subject his family to the torment and dangers Atticus and his family must endure are sacrifices Atticus consciously makes to makes sure justice is served. The hero outside of the class I would compare Atticus to is Coach Herman Boone from the film Remember the Titans. I definitely make this comparison because of the issue of race relations and discrimination. Both heroes made a sacrifice to erase the racial divide between blacks and whites.  Coach Boone gets hired as a football coach at a high school that has recently been integrated. The community is very disapproving of Coach Boones hiring as well as the school being integrated. Coach Boones somewhat unethical coaches methods as well as being an African American causes some very dangerous situations for him and his family. For example, angry people in the community decide to shoot through his homes windows. The torment gets so hectic that Boone must get a gun to ensure protection from the angry racists in the time.

Both Atticus and Coach Boone take a stand against racism and discrimination in time periods where it was extremely dangerous to do so. These two heroes both have similar stories and how their families and communities reacted to their goals. Coach Boone and Atticus sacrifice their families’ well-being and happiness to help their communities make strides toward racial equality.

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  1. Posted January 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    This is a great analogy. Coach Boone endangered his family by taking that football job. I specifically remember a brick being thrown through his window, in the film. By doing what he thought was right he sacrificed his family’s security just like Atticus.

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  2. Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Probably the hardest thing to sacrifice are the people we love. Both of these heroes take great risks to do what is right, and help others even when they do not have to.

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