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Atticus Finch character analysis

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Written Handout Biopoem Atticus Unbiased, humble, understanding, a wise gentleman who exemplifies whatever he teaches Father of Jem and Scout, brother of Alexandra Finch, descendant of Simon Finch Lover of equality, justice, and quiet reading time Who feels everyone is equal, everyone deserves a fair trial, and that true courage does not refer to marksmanship alone Who needs to care for his health, his children's help, and more confidence in himself Who fears that he is a terrible father, that the racism of society will grow, and that the defenseless will be abused and exploited Who gives moral advice, needed moral support, and protection to Maycomb Who would like to see less of his sister's prejudiced opinions, an unbiased society, and reason and truth reigning over blind ignorance and prejudiced mindsets Resident of Maycomb, Alabama Finch Personality traits and relationship with others Atticus is one of the most prominent citizens in Maycomb, and is relatively well off in a time of widespread poverty. His penetrating intelligence, calm wisdom, courage, humility, lack of prejudice, and strong sense of justice, causes him to be respected by everyone, including the very poor. Atticus' intelligence is portrayed during the trail, when he is able to deduce that Tom Robinson is guilty, from the facts that Bob Ewell did not call a doctor, Tom Robinson's left hand is useless, Bob Ewell is left handed, and the bruises were mainly concentrated on the right side of Mayella's face. ...read more.


Scout says that "'Do you really think so'... was Atticus's dangerous question" because he helps people to see situations in new lights. Atticus uses this approach not only with his children, but with all of Maycomb. And yet, for all of his mature treatment of Jem and Scout, he patiently recognizes that they are children and that they will make childish mistakes and assumptions. Ironically, Atticus's one insecurity seems to be in the child-rearing department, and he often defends his ideas about raising children to those more experienced and more traditional. He focuses on instilling moral values in Jem and Scout and feels the importance of justice, restraint, and honesty. He tells his children to avoid getting in fights, even if they are verbally abused, and to practice quiet courage instead. Atticus believes in justice and the justice system. Atticus is perseverant, and also carries a positive outlook when doing things. Even though he knows before he begins that he's going to lose Tom Robinson's case, he still tries his very best instead of giving up, and gives Tom the strongest defense he possibly can. Most importantly, Atticus sees Tom Robinson as a normal human being who has been wronged, not a "nigger". Although Atticus feels very sorry for Mayella, his "pity in my(his) heart does not extend so far as to her putting a man's life at stake". ...read more.


Atticus protects the town both physically and emotionally throughout the entire novel. When Atticus proves that Bob Ewell is in the wrong, he is in a way "protecting" the town from the worst evil within themselves, as he proves that not "all negroes lie...(not)all negroes are basically immoral beings...(not)all negro men are not to be trusted around...women" Atticus seems to hold out hope for the town. During the trial, he speaks to the jury is proving that with confidence and dignity, urging them to find confidence and dignity within themselves, and is the first person who is able to make them consider so hard their stand, as seen "only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that". Though To Kill a Mockingbird dramatizes the threat posed to goodness by evil, and though it frequently treats this theme by exploring the destruction of innocence, the novel's ultimate moral outlook is not bleak; rather, it is characterized by Atticus's wise understanding of both the goodness and the evil within people. Atticus understands that people are capable of great goodness and great evil, which proves the key to his own admirable moral strength and courage. In a way, Atticus also functions as a mockingbird. He is forced to take up Tom Robinson's case, and hence is scorned by the townspeople of Maycomb, and even his own family feels that he is a disgrace to the family. In this way, he represents the idea of a mockingbird: someone innocent who is harmed by inevitable circumstances. ...read more.

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