Analyzing Abstract Concepts
By: Nick Taylor and Ben Swanner
Being obligated means to hold yourself accountable to something, even if you don't want to completely. We think of contracts, school, and family. You are obligated to go to school, because education is the key to success in this day in age. Sometimes, you have to go to many family occasions that you are obligated to go to. Dinners, weddings, we've all been there. Contracts are definitely an obligation. You are trapped in one place, unhappy or not, and have to keep that promise until it expires. In TKAM, we see obligation when Atticus takes the trial of Tom Robinson. He feels obligated, or stuck, to help him win the case he's in. He feels like he has to do it for himself, and for the city to improve from the segregational state they're in. In our society, we see obligation everyday. Jobs, school, sports, anything people do they can feel obligated. It's just the way we are as humans and it's in our nature to not want to do something completely, and can't get out of doing that task.