Humility In To Kill A Mockingbird - 833 Words | Internet Public Library

Humility In To Kill A Mockingbird

833 Words4 Pages
Heroes are all over the world, often overlooked and taken for granted. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, there are handfuls of important characters, but the main hero is Atticus Finch. Atticus is a lawyer who lives in Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930’s. Atticus has two unique children that are nothing like their classmates: Scout and Jem. Maycomb is a small, quiet town full of racism and judgement. The citizens of Maycomb are represented by their ancestors. The Finch family was a well know, well liked, average family in Maycomb; however, the day Atticus Finch took the case of an African American man, that all changed. Atticus had to deal with many struggles because of his work and it took tons of humility to do so. Humility is not being…show more content…
Humility makes people go from important to memorable. In order to have humility, you have to be able to put aside the views of society, you have to be able to forget about the risks, you have to be able to do what is right. When people think of humility, they often get confused with humiliation. Humiliation is being dishonored; Humility is the act of being humble. Criss Jami, an author and philosopher, on humility once said, “The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.” (Jami). Heroes do amazing things every day, they are constantly inspiring us to become better versions of ourselves; however, you rarely hear the heroes brag about their accomplishments. Heroes are humble and always trying to help everyone else before themselves, heroes are not arrogant. On the contrary, this does not mean heroes do not have self confidence, this does not mean heroes thing they are unsuccessful, this means that heroes know when the right time for self loving is. In the novel The Purpose Driven Life, there’s an important sentence: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” (Warren). Heroes that have humility do not hate themselves, they are proud of their accomplishments because they know they are doing good things for the world. Heroes are not selfish, Warren wanted his readers to know that. Heroes put…show more content…
In the novel, Scout watches her father shoot the sick dog and describes it: “With movements so swift they seemed simultaneous, Atticus’s hand yanked a ball-tipped lever as he brought the gun to his shoulder. The rifle cracked. Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk…” (Lee 127). The Finch children never knew how talented their father was with a gun, because there was no need for Atticus to show his talent if it was not necessary. It takes great humility to not show off a talented that someone is so amazingly gifted with, which was Atticus. Atticus also was very humble about his social standing. The Finch family was successful and had little to worry about during the Great Depression. Atticus was not losing money and work seemed to be steady given he left every afternoon to go to his office. The fact that Atticus did not discriminate against people lower in the social hierarchy of Maycomb proves how humble the man was. With the Cunninghams, Atticus took any form of payment they could give; with the Radley’s, Atticus criticized his children for teasing and nosing into the family’s business; with Mrs. Dubose, Atticus did not tell his children to avoid her because