I'm doing a monologue on Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird! any ideas?
I have to do a monologue for school and I think I'm going to do Atticus after the Klu Klax Klan try to kill Tom Robinson. I'm having trouble on what to say! Any ideas anyone? thanks!
In a speech about Atticus Finch, there are a number of events and qualities relating to his character that will be pertinent. Organizing your speech around two or three traits found in Atticus may be a way to focus your work.
Courage and dedication to a sense of justice are two of the strongest traits in this character. Demonstrated in his behavior in defense of Tom Robinson, each of these traits is borne out by action and dialogue in the text.
In talking about Mrs. Dubose, Atticus articulates his respect for acts of courage:
"it's when you know you're licked before you begin but you see it through no matter what..."
In defending Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch risks his personal safety and his reputation.
When he takes on Tom Robinson’s case, he is determined to do all he can to defend him, even though he knows Tom’s case is all but hopeless...
From the night before the trial when Atticus waits for the lynch mob until the day of Tom Robinson's death, Atticus does not waver in his dedication to the cause of justice. He acts resolutely to see that Tom is protected and that he has a fair trial.
Regarding the scene outside the jail house, it should be made clear that the lynch mob is not a Ku Klux Klan group, but a gaggle of local men out to see "mob justice" done. This is not an organized group. It is a haphazard, half-drunk assortment of country-folk who have riled themselves up to do what is expected of them.
You should note that Atticus felt a loss of hope when Tom went to jail as he probably thought that, even though evidence shows that Tom did not rape Mayella, Tom was still found guilty. Perhaps say that Tom Robinson should not be killed and is the true mockingbird of the book as he did not do anything, but was killed by the Klu Klux Klan and go on from there (about racial prejudice found in the town of Maycomb). That should give you some ideas.
Hope this helped! :D