Atticus Finch Character Analysis Essay To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the Novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there is a plentiful supply of characters that are considered strong in reasons such as Characteristically and strong as in fleshed out story wise. In my humble opinion based off those aspects, I feel that Atticus Finch is the strongest of the characters in the novel. Atticus’s Character traits of Courage, Responsibility, and Integrity are most clearly shown through how he Defends Tom Robinson despite the odds, How he Parents his kids, and how he selflessly defends Tom even though it’s Unpopular to defend a black man. Atticus’s Acts of courage in the novel are quite astounding. As quoted by Atticus Himself “Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (Lee.149)…show more content…
An additional example to why Atticus has courage is when “Tim Johnson” a well known town dog, is going rabid and Atticus is called upon by Heck Tate to put him down.What is so Courageous about Atticus doing the job of putting down the dog is that he had to reveal an unearth his marksmanship skill that he wished to be kept hidden in order to keep his kids safe. As Miss Maudie said regarding Atticus’s marksmanship “I think maybe he put his gun down when he realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things.” (Lee.130) These examples are great illustrations to why Atticus is a character with exceedingly high courage. Another reason for Atticus’s strong character is his responsibility of teaching his kids even as as single parent. Back in the years the story was set in, it was unheard of to have a man raise kids. However due to unfortunate circumstances Atticus is a single parent and chooses to teach his kids mainly but not exclusively by example. A example of Atticus’s teaching is when he educates Scout on tolerance towards others even though they do wrong to
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