Naughton Blog 10

In the novel To Kill A Mocking Bird, we see Atticus Finch make many scarifies, lets focus though on the sacrifice he by taking on the case. By taking this case on it makes it unpopular in that publics eye because of the topic and the heavily racist community in Maycomb, Alabama. He also knows because of the publics opinion this also could have an affect on kids as well. But Atticus knowing what the “right thing” to do is, he takes on the case and fights for the life of an innocent man.

A real life and prominent attorney (like Atticus) we can compare to this situation is Thurgood Marshall. Known most notably for his role in the Broad vs. Board of Topeka Education in 1954. The case ruled that separate but equal was not constitutional because while children were being taught separately it certainly was not equal. Like Atticus, Marshall sacrificed a lot by putting himself in the public eye. He first off put himself in harms way. As we saw with many civil rights leaders they were targeted for violence. During that time we saw everything from brinks being thrown through windows (as happens in the movie Remember the Titans to the coach) to bombings and house fires to lynchings. Marshall scarified all of that for like Atticus as cause he knew was right and absolutely worth fighting for.

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  1. Posted January 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    It was interesting that you made the lawyer comparison of these two heroes. I never would have thought to look at this assignment in that way. It was a good idea to bring in the movie Remember the Titans to highlight the sacrifice.

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