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Atticus Finch Values In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The first character value exemplified throughout the novel is respect. There are many characters that show the values of respect, but the character that always has his mind set on being respectful is Atticus Finch. As the story progresses, Atticus believes that everyone is equal and should be respected. In this case, Jean Louise Finch (Scout) is trying to understand the reason behind why her father is defending a Negro if he should not be defending him. Atticus had told Scout that,“‘The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this country in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again’”(Lee 100). Unlike most people in this time period, Atticus can see through the black and white all the way to justice;he believes that anyone and everyone should be entitled to having a fair trial. Atticus knew it was not going to be easy, but as he told Scout here that even if he did not try, he would not be able to hold his head up in Maycomb. This next character that values respect and has shown it in a few different chapters is Calpurnia. Calpurnia is an African American woman who is the Finch’s mother figure. Calpurnia knows how…show more content…
Everyone can say they are honest people, but this person is humble and very honest and his name is Atticus Finch. Atticus does not like to lie to his children or anyone. Scout does not understand what a word means. She had first asked Calpurnia, but she told Scout to ask Atticus. Scout asked Atticus what rape had meant and Atticus responded with the dictionary definition, “‘He sighed, and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent’”(Lee 180). Most parents would tell their children that they are too young to know what rape is, but Atticus believes in being honest and tells the truth. Scout still does not know what is means, but at least she has it off her
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