Atticus Finch In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Atticus Finch Throughout “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Atticus Finch is depicted to be a well-rounded character. He shows his children the importance of education, and equality. When brought with this case he knew he would get ridiculed, but he took the case on because he knew it was the right thing to do. Atticus represents morality and reasoning, and because of that the loss of this case won’t alter his view on the world . Atticus could’ve been the best lawyer in the world, but that wouldn’t have mattered because of the race of the defendant. Atticus’ morality is depicted through how he raises Scout and Jem, his children. In the beginning of the book Scout enters the first grade, and immediately wants to quit. When Scout to school already…show more content…
Bob Ewell depicts the stereotypical white supremacist, Atticus on the other hand chooses his morals over the society’s expectations. When brought the case of Tom Robinson, an alleged black rapist, any lawyer in Maycomb would’ve immediately denied Tom. Atticus chose to defend him, even though he knew he had no chance of winning. He told Scout that he must argue it to uphold his sense of justice and respect, Atticus knew Tom deserved someone to fight for him. This all ties in with what Atticus told Scout,“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The connection between songbirds and innocents is made explicitly several times in the book, Mr. Underwood likens Tom Robinson’s death to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children”, the moral imperative to protect the vulnerable governs Atticus’s decision to take Tom’s case. Atticus is constantly teaching his children and community about the importance of values and staying true to your
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