To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Character Traits

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A Wonderful Father Atticus is one of the smartest people in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is a single father raising two children. Even though he is tired after work he always makes time to listen his children’s problems and give them advice. He is also kind and patient with his troublesome sister. Several times in the book Scout gets into fights, and Atticus gently rebukes her. While Atticus shows many positive traits throughout the book his most noteworthy are wisdom, kindness, and patience he demonstrates toward his children. It does not take long to see how wise Atticus is. When Atticus and his two children, Jem and Scout, go to their relative’s house for Christmas, Scout’s cousin, Francis, calls Atticus a nigger lover because he is defending the black man, Tom Robinson. Having a quick temper, Scout defends Atticus by hurting Francis. She does not want Atticus to know why she attacked Francis. Atticus, already aware of the reason for Scout’s behavior, allows her to eavesdrop on his conversation…show more content…
Atticus demonstrates kindness toward his children when Aunt Alexandra tells him to get rid of Calpurnia because they don’t need her any more. Atticus says “Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants to…besides I don’t want you working your head off for us-you’ve no reason to do that. We still need Cal as much as we ever did” (182). At first glance, this may not seem like kindness. However, Atticus knows if he fires Calpurnia she most likely won’t find work again. Furthermore, if Atticus removes Calpurnia from her position, he also takes away his children’s mother figure. His keeping Calpurnia also renders his quarrelsome sister kindness, as he does not want his sister to have to clean up after him and his children. Atticus shows his kindness in many different ways and this becomes apparent in the people he lives
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