As an individual most beings have a tendency to be peer pressured anytime while living, but there are some who have the strength and right mind to overcome and think alone and to make self decision. In to kill a mockingbird “Harper Lee” relays individual vs society for what is to provoke an individual’s motivation from belief is influenced by society.A man’s decision is influenced by society, but that doesn’t mean man has to abide by societies system. What Atticus sees the population doing will influence him to make his own decision even if  it goes against the community. “Indoors, when Miss Maudie wanted to say something lengthy she settled her fingers on her knees and settled her bridgework. This she did, and we waited. ‘I simply wanted to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.'” (215)  “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions,” said Atticus, “but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” (54-57) “If you shouldn’t be defendin’ him, then why are you doin’ it?””For a number of reasons,” said Atticus. “The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.’ ‘Because I could never ask you to mind me again. Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one’s mine, I guess.'” Since Atticus took Tom Robinson’s case he and his children go through a process of seeing people and seeing the communities true colors in the fight for justice. Atticus was tormented by society and was able to think and take action individually he also displays courage, and with courage he sought justice