The Role Model In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Throughout the ages, humans have continued to struggle with the same issues. One of them being, to find excuses for their failures instead of accepting their flaws. Many people struggle to be humble, noble, true to their beliefs, understanding of others, respectful, calm in the heat of the moment, amongst other virtues. It is something that everyone has to work on, but the struggles and discipline that come with becoming a better person often discourage simple efforts. Regardless, when someone puts in the effort to become better, they become the role model that everyone can look towards. Harper Lee wrote the novel To Kill A Mockingbird in 1960; in the story, the main character’s father, Atticus Finch, has virtues that he works towards to be…show more content…
In the process of interrogating Bob Ewell in court, in an attempt to clear an innocent man’s name, Mr. Ewell felt Atticus had attacked and embarrassed him. After the trial, Bob Ewell sought revenge by spitting in Atticus’s face and Atticus’s reaction was, “‘I wish Bob Ewell wouldn’t chew tobacco’” (291). Typically, people spend so much energy holding on the grudges and wanting revenge, but Atticus looked past Bob’s actions and forgive him immediately after it happened. Remarkably, few people have the ability to accept a direct insult and move on with their lives. Truthfully, society would become so much better if people could forgive and forget, “Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,// Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating.” One of the famous quotes of the book is Atticus telling his children to take a moment and try to understand someone and their points of view before acting to prevent regret and disrespect. Atticus had a way of brushing off both success and failure so he could remain true and always remain the man his children looked up to and knew him as. His ability to remain humble and kind sets him apart from nearly…show more content…
In fact, Scout believed her father was boring compared to other fathers, she noticed, “He didn’t do the things out schoolmates’ fathers did” (118). She did not understand the importance of his job specifically; it was not labor, and she could not observe direct effects of his efforts. Scout did not think he had any skills for he took careful consideration and never showed off unless it was desperate. At one point in the novel, Atticus’s sister, Aunt Alexandra, wanted to teach the children about their heritage and their ancestors as if it dictated who they were, but Atticus worked to have the children perceive other people as simply having different ways of living. His observations can be observed through his accommodations for his company, “And yet not look too good, or talk too wise.” Scout noticed how depending on who he was around, he would change ever so slightly to ensure more comfort of them, not to cause them to feel inferior. It was not easy for him to adjust, he definitely could boast and brag since he was superior to other characters in numerous ways, but he was humble and did not desire to feel

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