Atticus FCA’s 1. Effective Introduction and Conclusion _________/ 10 Points 2. The character’s point of view of equality is supported with relevant direct quotes from TKAM and explained in writer’s own words (body paragraphs) _______/ 25 1. Topic sentences 2. Two direct quotes (examples) integrated with signal phrases 3. Two direct quotes are thoroughly explained/connected to thesis and topic sentences 4. MLA in-text citation for each direct quote from text 3.
Present-tense verbs; no I/You statements; comma usage _________/ 5 Equality is being equal in status, rights, and opportunities. In the novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird” written by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch a father of two children, plays an important role in the story. He sets an example for his children who are beginning to grow up. Atticus doesn’t believe all men fit the description of being equal in America. Although no one is born equal, he decides to treat everyone equal.
Atticus believes that men aren’t equal; he feels men aren’t born equal at all. Some are born having more opportunities. “We know all men are not created in the sense some people would have us believe-some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity than others, some ladies make better cakes than others-some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men” (Lee 205). Atticus shows that there is no such thing as men being equal. He explains that life isn’t the fairest thing and it will always be that way.
He then goes on and explains that men aren’t equals in life, but in court they are. “But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal-there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court” (Lee 205). He says this to prove his point to the jury that Tom Robinson should be treated equally in this case, and the case should be taken seriously.
He knows Tom isn’t considered an equal to a white female, to the jury. He doesn’t believe he is either, but in court he should be. Atticus has a certain point of view on equality. He knows not everyone is equal in life, and no one is born equal. He believes the only time men are equal is in the courtroom. Equality affects the story based off how many times it is used and exemplified. It shows how people should be treated in real life situations.