The Real Atticus Finch Character Analysis

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The Real Atticus Finch “I want you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you begin but you begin anyways”, Atticus Finch once stated. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus was respected by everyone including the very poor. He functions as the leader and lawyer; he is a person who others turn to in doubt and trouble. He is one of the most respected citizens in the southern town of Maycomb, AL during the Great Depression because of his calm nature, his wisdom and his courage. Atticus is a calm person no matter what he goes through in life. He never got frustrated about anything. Atticus had a case to defend a Negro named Tom Robertson accused for raping a white woman. Everyone around Maycomb would talk about Atticus and insult him and his family. Atticus didn’t say anything to anyone he kept calm and went along with his business. When Atticus was going through the trial, Bob Ewell the White woman’s father came up to Atticus and spit in his face. Atticus didn’t do or say anything but take his rag out and wipe his face. In the novel, Atticus says, “It’s not time to worry yet” (Lee 11). This…show more content…
He was given a difficult task defending a black man against a white woman’s word. When Tom Robertson went to jail, Atticus went to the jail, sat outside all night protecting him Tom from anyone who tried to come hurt him. Atticus' courage concerns his shooting of the rabid dog in front of the Radley house. Heck Tate turns to Atticus to kill the sick animal. Although he hasn't fired a gun in years. Atticus accepts the responsibility to bring the dog down in one shot, knowing that if he misses, disaster will result. In reference to the novel, Atticus quoted that if he did not defend Tom Robertson, he would not be able to hold his head up In town… he could not ever tell Jem and Scout not to do something again (Lee, Pg
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