Atticus Finch is one of the most steadfastly honest and moral characters in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. His character remains, for the most part, unchanged throughout the novel. Atticus overcomes prejudice through courage, tolerance and standing up for what he believes in. Atticus serves as the moral conscience of Maycomb, a man of all people-white and black, rich and poor, who cannot tell a lie, treats all people equally and rarely has a bad word to say about anyone. Although Atticus’s daughter, Scout is the narrator and the story mostly revolve after Atticus’s children, Scout and Jem, Atticus emerges as the central and most powerful figure. Tolerance is a message that is preached again and again through the way that Atticus tries …show more content…
This is something that is encapsulated in the following quote: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Chapter 3 Page 33). In Atticus's own neighbourhood, he has Mrs. Dubose to contend with as she hurls insults about him to his children: “Your Father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (Chapter 11 Page 113). Understanding that she is addicted to morphine because she suffers from excruciating pain, Atticus remains sanguine whenever she confronts him, tipping his hat and conducting himself as a gentleman. Similarly, he instructs his children to be respectful of her as their elder. For example, when Jem disrespects Mrs. Dubose by ripping up her flowers (even though he was angry because she'd made a nasty remark about Atticus), Atticus makes Jem spend time reading to her (Chapter …show more content…
Atticus stands up for what he believes in and demonstrates how important it is to sacrifice everything in the search for the truth. When Aunt Alexandra, Atticus’s sister comes to visit during the family visit to Finch's Landing at Christmas, she disapproves of Atticus’s parenting style. Aunt Alexandra believes that Calpurnia, the Finch’s housekeeper is a bad influence on the children and wants Atticus to fire her. Atticus defends Calpurnia by saying “If anything, she's been harder on them in some ways than a mother would have been... she's never let them get away with anything, she's never indulged them the way most coloured nurses do” (Chapter 14 Page 151). Aunt Alexandra wanted the children to be more aware of their place in the social structure of Maycomb. She wants them to act more as if they are important because they come from a good family. “She asked me to tell you you must try to behave like the little lady and gentleman that you are. She wants to talk to you about the family and what it’s meant to Maycomb County through the years, so you’ll have some idea of who you are, so you might be moved to behave accordingly" (Chapter 13 Page 147). Atticus tries to deliver the message, but you can tell his heart isn't in it. He eventually just tells them to forget it- they should go back to acting how they usually do. "Don’t you worry about anything…it’s not time to worry…I don’t want you to
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To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about racial prejudice and how life was in the 30’s. One of the main characters in this story is Atticus Finch. He is the father of Scout and Jem Finch. He is also a lawyer who worked on the Tom Robinson case. He is a very honest and caring man who would do anything for his family and friends.
In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch shows a cautious and non-biased character with a unique parenting style. His ways of parenting are much different from many other’s ways. He is an extremely protective parent, but this makes him a very good one. From every scenario, he finds some way to turn it into a lesson for his children. All the characters in the book are very biased about skin color, Atticus is not like this.
In conclusion, Atticus Finch from Haper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, demonstrates humility, fairness, and loves his children very much. Although he had many a chance to boast about his amazing achievements and accomplishments, Atticus never did, but instead chose to keep these skills quiet and low-down. Being black meant nothing much to him either; he believed blacks should get an equal chance at everything and Atticus never judged someone immediately just because of one’s colour or social class. He proved this when he decided to defend the black man, Tom Robinson in front of the entire court.
Atticus is a single father raising two children. He treats his whole family with respect and equality. From Calpurnia, a black women, to his children. He treats them all how they should be treated. Atticus treats his children as if they were young adults.
Landon Bennett Mrs. Alfaro English 3 May 22, 2023 To Kill a Mockingbird In Harper Lee's timeless novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the character of Atticus Finch serves as a moral compass and a pillar of righteousness. Through his actions, words, and unwavering principles, Atticus demonstrates the qualities of a compassionate and just individual, whose beliefs are deeply rooted in fairness, equality, and respect for all individuals. Atticus's commitment to justice and equality is evident throughout the novel. He consistently upholds the belief that every person deserves to be treated fairly and without prejudice. Atticus imparts this wisdom to his children, Scout and Jem, when he tells them, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”.
He shows this by not following the majority conscience, for example, he took on a “coloured” persons case, which shows how he opposes racism despite the hate he will receive from the people in Maycomb. He not only teaches Jem and Scout but he also teaches us, the reader, our principles, for example, “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”. The word sin in this quotation shows a religious point of view, which emphasises the word. Miss Maudie states “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy”, this links into many events taking place in the novel, for example, Tom Robinsons case. This particular event focuses on Tom Robinson, the mockingbird of the novel, he is the mockingbird because he is being judged by the people in Macomb for “raping” a white girl, which he didn’t do, this also shows Atticus’s integrity as he is the only person supporting
As said before, Aunt Alexandra is Atticus Finchs sister. After Atticus, Scout, and Jem visit her and the family, she becomes worried about the childrens upbringing and their carry of the family legacy because of Atticus' involvement in the trial and his support of blacks. She goes to Maycomb without notifying Atticus and stays with them to "straighten their ways". For example, she says to Jem, "If Uncle Atticus lets you run around with stray dogs, that's his own business, like Grandma says, so it ain't your fault. I guess it ain't your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides, but I'm here to tell you, it certainly does mortify the rest of the family--".
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee one of the essential questions is: how do our own personal stereotypes help shape how we experience the world. The stereotypes in this novel had affected the people of Maycomb’s thought process. Stereotyping is the process of generalizing people and broadly categorizing them based on narrow minded observations of characteristics that they have. Most people are stereotyped due to their race, gender, age, unknown identity, or social class.
In the story To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch has completely different views from the rest of Maycomb, who are heavily influenced by rumors and racism. He takes on a huge role in defending a black man, Tom Robinson, and faces many issues from other people by doing so. Atticus knows his client,
First off, Atticus has Calpurnia taking care of his kids because he isn't home enough to take care of them. ( To Kill a Mockingbird Movie). Some say a father should be taking care of his kids and not have someone else do it for him. However, Atticus chose to find a nice caring person to take care of his kids, he chose to hire Calpurnia, she isn't just there because of no reason. The kids aren't home alone they are with someone else and Atticus is a responsible parent to hire someone to do so, so they aren't home alone they have a caregiver.
Unable to satisfy this center in her lower mindset, Aunt Alexandra accepts Scout for who she is and achieves a higher or growth mindset. By giving Scout the same overalls that Aunt Alexandra has once hated, Aunt Alexandra displays that she is satisfied with Scout and is not constantly trying to change her into a person who she is not. After Atticus tells the family about Tom Robinson’s death, “Aunt Alexandra [sits] down in Calpurnia’s chair and [puts] her hands to her face” (ch.24; 236). Instead of creating a separation between
In another scene, she encounters another youngling of the Finch family, who was raised by Aunt Alexandria’s “moral standards”. He tells her how the Finch family is unsupportive of Atticus’ compassion towards African Americans by stating: “If Uncle Atticus lets you run around with stray dogs, that’s his own business, like Grandma says, so it ain’t your fault. I guess it ain’t your fault if Uncle Atticus is a n*****-lover besides, but I’m here to tell you it certainly does mortify the
The qualities of a hero may be being able to fly like Superman or shoot webs like spiderman but Atticus Finch has many heroic qualities of himself. Atticus is a hero because he never backs down from doing what's right, He defends and stands up for Tom Robinson, and finally he teaches his kids lesson that they will use for the rest of their life. My first reason that Atticus is a hero is that he never backs down from doing what's right. For example Atticus says "Come here...
Atticus is an unbiased in the way he gets his children to see different perspectives and accept others for what they are because he realized there is no major difference between them and himself. On page 39, Atticus is talking to Scout about Miss Caroline. He says, “You can never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view- until you climb into this skin and walk around in it.” This shows that Atticus never judges people until he can comprehend their views and this is important to the story because it explains why he fights for Scout’s dressing rights and agrees to the Tom Robinson case. Later in the story, on page 144 Atticus tells Scout “I do my best to love everybody...
In the book “To Kill A Mockingbird”, written by Harper Lee, things can change in the blink of an eye. It can go from a peaceful taciturn summer morning to all hell broken loose. And for Aunt Alexandra, change comes extremely faster then anyone would ever expect. She would be one of the most imprudent and disrespectful person anyone would know to a caring, respected person who wouldn't despise anyone by their skin or gender.