Jan 13, 2015 - Communication    No Comments

How does shame/pride influence the actions of characters in chapter 9

Pride- I strongly believe that Atticus shows that he has too much self pride to let the case go just because he is defending a man of another ethnicity and I think that the authorial intent is to remind the audience of the major themes in the book for example prejudice. A clear example of this would be in page 83 when Jem asks Atticus why he is defending this “negro”, Atticus says “The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in this town, I couldn’t represent this country in this legislature, I couldn’t even tell you Jem not to do something again.” Moreover this quotation also shows that Atticus is against violence and racism and him standing up for this “negro” shows justice, self pride and can be linked with his social expectations.

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