Conflict 1: Man vs. Himself
Scout has a conflict through the story with herself. She loves her father, but does not want to grow up to be a young lady. She is raised by Atticus who tries to instill good moral values in her, yet she is constantly going against his teaching and getting into mischief as well as doing things to get into introuble on purpose. Click the image to the left to see what sort of things she does to rebel against her father's wish that she a young lady.
Toward the end of the book, Scout finally begins to become little lady. With the direction of Miss Maudie, a character we can assume was much like Scout growing up, Scout joins her Aunt Alexandra in a lady's tea party. She wears her best dress and acts politely, even though she sees how rude adn hipocritical the ladies are.
Conflict 2: Man vs. Man
Racism is the obvious conflict in the novel. Although there are several references to racism, it is most obvious in Tom Robinson's trial. He is accused of raping a white woman. Atticus, his attorney, is able to prove that both the victim and her father, the only witnesses to the crime, lied in court. Click the image to the left to se what the jury voted.
Although Tom is convicted by the jury, it is apparent that at least one member of the jury thought Tom was innocent. It took the jury hours to come back with a verdict which means at least one white man stood-up for Tom, a black man, and tried to get justice for him. Atticus points this out to the children so that they can see that change has begun. Change starts one man at a time.