At the end of the day, a person’s character defines them. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch possesses the characteristics of a good father and citizen of Maycomb. Through the eyes of Scout Finch, the reader can clearly see that Atticus loves his children and wants to look out for their best interests. Atticus shows his character by the way he responds to his children, neighbors, and Tom Robinson’s court case. As the father of Jem and Scout, Atticus continuously displays humility, courtesy, and selflessness.
Atticus believes that not only black people but everyone deserves a fair go whether it's a court case or not. When Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell everyone in Maycomb was for the side of Bob Ewell and Mayella, The white people always put their word before a black man's word. This means that Tom Robinson had no chance, but Atticus believes Tom’s word and believes in equality between white and black people. When
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird there are some very courageous characters. The most courageous would be Atticus Finch. Atticus is one of the main characters in the book. He is the father of the narrator. He is also one of the best lawyers is the county.
Mary Sarton explains that,”One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being”. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the more prominent figures in the book is the father of Scout and Jem, Atticus Finch. He serves as the voice of reason for the audience, his children, and himself. He gives life lessons to both Scout and Jem that shape who they are as a person, especially towards the end of the novel with the encounter of Bob Ewell and Boo Radley. Throughout the novel, Atticus symbolizes the virtue of humility. These traits are especially prevalent in the events of the rabid dog, the encounter with Mr. Ewell after court, and the death of Mr. Ewell.
Atticus Finch is portrayed as great parent in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The way Atticus Finch acts at home and on the streets provide a good role model for Jem and Scout. He is a parent who always does the right thing and stays true to himself and to his children at all times.
Secondly, Atticus knows that Maycomb is a racist town and that he will not win the trail but he still defends him to create change in the community. As Scout does not understand the racial segregation in Maycomb, she asks “Atticus, are we going to win it?’ ‘No, honey’ ‘then why-’ ‘simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (Lee 89). Even though they have a small chance of winning the trial, Atticus will take that chance because he wants to make a change which is removing racial boundaries. This proves Atticus has unshakable morals and is against racial segregation because Atticus does not want coloured people to be such poorly treated and is defending a coloured man to show this no matter what people say. Finally, Atticus knows that if he does not defend Tom Robinson no one else will and Maycomb will remain racially segregated. Atticus knows that “The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in the courtroom, be he any colour of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box” (Lee 252). Atticus is stating that coloured people should at least have equality in the courtroom, but they do not as the jury is all anti-black
Atticus Finch best represents the mockingbird character that Miss Maudie talks about and that Harper Lee wrote about. Atticus Finch shows time and time again that his age, his experience, and his wisdom help him to be a great father and lead his kids in the right direction. At first Atticus’s kids don’t really hold him up in any fantastic light they even call him boring compared to other parents but throughout the book Atticus does many small and big things to show his kids that he isn’t boring or cowardly, in fact he shows them that he can do anything the other parents can do and more. This especially comes to light when the trial is taking place and he uses his moral compass to decide what is the right thing to when he is honorably defending Tom Robinson for a crime that he didn’t even commit. Atticus gains a great deal of respect from his children after the ordeal and his considered in the
Everyone has different traits. In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird the father in the story has some very admirable qualities. Atticus, an almost 50 year old man when the story begins, is a lawyer and a single dad. Lawyers are very often viewed negatively in today's culture; Atticus is an exception. In this story, there are many people with many admirable traits, but Atticus is the most humble and respectful person of all. Atticus is humble, respectful, and is a good problem-solver.
Atticus Finch is a fictional character in To Kill a Mockingbird which was published in 1960 by Harper Lee. Atticus was a very revolutionary, courageous, caring person. He respected everyone and believed that everyone deserves to be treated with respect he also has a unique parenting style In the noel Atticus took up the role of defending Tom Robinson to show his children what is right even though he would get so much hate for doing it and Atticus will have to defend not only Tom but his beliefs. The trial of Tom Robinson is something Atticus can use
One example of Atticus instilling proper morals in his children is when he warns Jem about Mrs. Dubose, the old lady who always yells at them. Atticus preached to Jem, “‘Easy does it, son’ Atticus would say. ‘She’s an old lady and she’s ill. You just hold your head high and be a gentleman. Whatever she says to you, it’s your job not to let her make you mad.’” (Lee 106). However, one day when Mrs. Dubose is yelling at Jem and Scout, Jem can no longer hold back his anger and destroyed her bushes. When Atticus learns of this, he forces Jem to go read to her every day for a month. When Mrs. Dubose later dies, Atticus reveals that she had a morphine addiction and reading helped her combat her addiction. This shows how Atticus was a compassionate man who taught his children not only to not speak back to those who offend you, but to treat them with respect and
In the story To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch is largely characterized in chapter 10 and 11. To begin, Scout reveals he is fifty and that Atticus, “did not do the things our schoolmates’ fathers did: he never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish or drink or smoke. He sat in the livingroom and read.” (10.89) These things show that Atticus is down to earth and didn’t have children until later in life. Later Atticus shot a mad dog, when Miss Maudie talks about him she says, “he’s civilized in his heart… I guess he decided he wouldn’t shoot till he had to.” (10.98) She shows the reader that Atticus doesn’t do anything until it is well justified. Thirdly, Atticus tells Scout, “Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about a small town in Alabama where prejudice in the system is a constant occurrence. However, later in the novel a well-respected Lawyer, Mr. Atticus Finch. He goes on to confront the court on their misconstrued point of view and oblivion, while defending Mr. Tom Robinson in his case against the towns disgrace; the Ewells, on their accusation of Tom raping 19 year old, Mayella Ewell. I believe Atticus made the right decision in taking on Tom’s case because Atticus values equality, is a benevolent father, and is a role model to the town of Maycomb.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus is a lawyer in Maycomb Alabama. He Has two kids, Scout and Jem. His wife died when Scout was only two years old. Atticus is not only respected by his children but his community. Atticus teaches his kids valuable lessons throughout the story. He knows they can not just go through life not knowing what 's going on throughout the town. Atticus is not just a normal white male in Maycomb Alabama. He see people for what 's in the inside and not just the outside. The color of your skin does not matter to Atticus. Atticus is a kind hearted man and has strong morals. What 's more important? What 's on the inside or the outside of a person? Atticus doesn 't care what others think, he does what is
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is a role model for his two children and his ethics are respected by the people of Maycomb, showing he teaches valuable lessons to others. Atticus is a strong role model for his children which is important, because your childhood often impacts the rest of your life, for example if you are brought up with strong beliefs and customs, they will most likely have an influence in your later years. Atticus protects his children in light of all the things that are going on in Maycomb county such as the trial, and racism. Atticus allows his kids see both sides of the story in most situations.