When his children receive guns Atticus strictly says not to kill mockingbirds. They are birds who are innocent of everything but making music for the ear. The biggest lesson Atticus taught his children was to never judge a person until you see things from their point of view. You never know what someone is going through because you are not them. In chapter three Atticus says to Scout, “you never really understand
Atticus’ experiences have led him to be more straightforward and open about the world and its truths, this is emphasized in this quotation: "When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness ' sake. But don 't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em." In this quotation, Atticus is emboldening his children 's curiosity and vivacity, as he believes telling the truth is the only manner in which to do so. However, being so open about the truth can have a detrimental effect on his children.
Dubose’s insults to Atticus, Atticus tells him, “You just hold your head high and be a gentleman.”(Lee 133) This event demonstrates Atticus’s courtesy because even though Ms. Dubose was insulting him and his children, Atticus showed his courteous nature and remained a gentleman. Another situation which shows Atticus being courteous is when he goes to tell Helen Robinson about her husband’s death. When Atticus arrives at her house, he notices a small, female child attempting, unsuccessfully, to climb down the stairs. Being the gentleman that he is, Atticus removed his hat and offered his finger and helped the child down the stairs. This shows Atticus being courteous even in a private situation.
A Man of True Dignity In a world full of injustice and cruelty, people like Atticus who fight against that norm are incredibly important. Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the best novels ever written, partially because of Atticus, a very wise man who embodies exactly what dignity ought to be. Atticus carries himself in a matter that deserves respect and honor. Not a word comes out of his mouth that he has not thought through carefully and he possesses words of wisdom for any scenario or situation in life. Throughout the novel, Atticus clearly lives his life in a very discerning, upstanding and peaceful manor.
He disciplines his children without striking them. Jem has a incident with the old lady down the street. She mocks Atticus by calling him a good for
“You never understand a person until you consider things from their point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” is a quote from the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This book is about a family of three, living in a household with the addition of their aunt. This includes Scout (daughter), Jem (son), Atticus (father), and Aunt Alexandrea (aunt). The kids do not call their father by that title, but by his name Atticus. The second part of the book is about a black man on trial who was accused of raping a woman. Atticus was his attorney and he tried everything he could to make sure the jury saw that he did not rape her, but sadly, it was not a success and he was sent to jail.
At the end of the day, a person’s character defines them. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch possesses the characteristics of a good father and citizen of Maycomb. Through the eyes of Scout Finch, the reader can clearly see that Atticus loves his children and wants to look out for their best interests. Atticus shows his character by the way he responds to his children, neighbors, and Tom Robinson’s court case. As the father of Jem and Scout, Atticus continuously displays humility, courtesy, and selflessness.
Atticus was a very patient and understanding man, yet he was very stubborn when he knew what was right. Many times throughout “To Kill a Mockingbird” he demonstrated his ability to stay rational and see others’ points of views. One intense instance he was able to stay rational in was in front of the jailhouse when the group of men came to attempt to kill Tom Robinson, Scout depicted his actions by saying, “We saw Atticus look up from his newspaper. He closed it, folded it deliberately, dropped it in his lap, and pushed his hat to the back of his head” (Lee 201). Scout did not understand at the moment why the men were there, but her father knew full well that if he did not stop them someone would be murdered.
Atticus shows compassion towards everyone. Even when he and his family are being brought down by the people who they had grown up with. Atticus reminds Scout to always remember to show compassion onto others no matter how bad things might get. Atticus sets the example by remaining respectful to those who were judging him at the time. “So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take.” (Lee 222).