Atticus Finch Analysis

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In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is one of the main characters. Atticus Finch is the fifty year old father of Jean Louise Finch and Jeremy Atticus Finch. He is Maycomb’s lawyer and is defending a black man named Tom Robinson who was accused of rape by Robert Ewell and Mayella Ewell. Atticus Finch’s first three priorities are honor, respect, and acceptance.
Honor is Atticus’s first priority because he refuses to hunt even if he is an amazing shooter. He refuses to hunt because Atticus is “civilized in his heart.” “Atticus realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things and he will not shoot anything unless he had to. (Lee, page 130) Atticus is also not proud of being the deadest shot in Maycomb County. This is because according to Jem on page 130 Jem states “I reckon if he’d wanted us to know it, he’da told us. If he was proud of it, he’da told us.” According to what was said in the text Atticus refuses to shoot living things unless he had to, even if he is good at shooting, and he is also not very proud of being it because he doesn’t even mention it to his children. …show more content…

When Aunt Alexandra argues that they don’t need Calpurnia, Atticus disagrees and states many reasons why they need her. “Besides, I don’t think the children’ve suffered one bit from her, having brought them up. If anything, she’s been harder on them in some ways than a mother would have been… she’s never indulged them the way most colored nurses do. She tried to bring them up according to her lights, and Cal’s lights are pretty good- and another thing, the children love her.”(Lee, page 182) Even thought Aunt Alexandra wants to fire Calpurnia, Atticus still wants to keep her until she decides to leave. Atticus trusts Calpurnia to take care of Jem and Scout and he believes that she does a good job of it, and he thinks of her as a mother for

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