Atticus Finch Quotes

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In Harper Lee's classic novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," Atticus Finch serves as a compelling embodiment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a just and equal society. Atticus is a principled, wise, and compassionate lawyer who, in the racially charged setting of 1930s Maycomb, Alabama, stands as a beacon of moral integrity and racial tolerance. He not only supports the ideals of equality and justice but also demonstrates them in his actions and interactions with others. One of Atticus’s main ways in which he embodies Dr.King is through his commitment to treating everyone with respect and fairness, regardless of one's race. Atticus does something no one could imagine. Atticus takes on the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man who had been falsely accused of rape, even though the chances of him winning the case are quite literally below zero. Atticus's belief in the fundamental equality of all people is evident when he tells his children, "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" (Lee, 33). The quote emphasizes the importance of empathy and Atticus …show more content…

expresses his vision of a society in his speech saying, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." (Dr. King, I Have a Dream). A quote like this aligns closely with Atticus' fundamental beliefs he teaches to his children. The belief that all people are equal and that society must value integrity, compassion, and one’s character over one’s outward appearance such as race. Both Atticus and Dr. King shares the belief that justice and equality is only achievable if individuals rise above prejudice and understand the worth of every human. They both realize this change in society can only begin with learning to perceive and treat others based on their

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