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Atticus Finch Character study from the novel

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Atticus Finch Character Essay In the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird", by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is a most compelling character. Atticus grew up on a cotton farm and eventually became a defence lawyer. He is the voice of reason in the town of Maycomb and many of the people in the county are his clients. He served four years in the state legislature. He has two children, Scout and Jem, and his wife died when Scout was only two. He is self-educated, and tries to encourage his children to have a love of learning and enjoy literature as much as he does. Atticus is nearly fifty and wears glasses because his left eye is nearly blind. His strong sense of justice, sympathy, ability to understand others, and good parenting of his children, all reveal what kind of a person Atticus is. Atticus Finch is a consistent man. His code of honour is maintained, no matter what situation he is placed in. Miss Maudie states as she is talking to Scout, "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets". This demonstrates his virtuosity. No matter what position he is placed in, he would deal with it in exactly the same way as anything else. When Atticus killed the rabid dog, his children gained a totally different view of him. ...read more.

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She said I didn't understand children much and told me why. She was quite right. Atticus, she told me how I should have treated her-oh dear, I'm so sorry I romped on her.'" This reflects on the way that Atticus is able to look after his children and them appreciating his guidance. Atticus is a single parent who has to bring up his children on his own. On the other hand Jack has no children and doesn't know how they should be treated. Here we see Uncle Jack admit that Scout has taught him a lesson. The way that Atticus brought up Scout imparted wisdom beyond her age. In this situation, she is wiser than Uncle Jack who is a grown man. She is much like Atticus: she has a way of explaining things to make others understand. Atticus treats everyone the same, even his children who are much younger than him. He gives them as much respect as he would an adult. An example of this is when Atticus told Jem that as a punishment for ruining Mrs Dubose's flowers, he would have to read to her everyday; 'She was a lady. She had her own views about things, a lot different from mine, maybe.... You rarely win, but sometimes you do.'" (Chapter 11) This new knowledge that Atticus gives Jem educates him. He did not understand why Atticus made Jem read to Mrs Dubose. ...read more.

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(Chapter 20) Atticus' strong lecture proves what a good lawyer he is. He gives a lesson to everyone in the courtroom, including his children and the reader. This speech must have taken a lot of courage, but to Atticus, it is worth it because the truth will be told. After the court case the children go and speak to Miss Maudie. She tries to make the children have a better understanding of the whole situation. "I simply wanted to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them." This helps the reader respect Atticus for what he did, because the reader realizes that his job was an extremely unpleasant one. In conclusion, Atticus is a heroic figure and prominent character throughout the whole novel. Even though he is incredibly busy, Atticus always seems to find time for Scout and Jem. He comforts them in their time of need, compromises, but always puts them back in their place, if they get out of hand. This shows great parenting, especially for a single father. Although we see his children's attitude towards him evolve, Atticus is characterized throughout the book by his absolute consistency. He stands rigidly committed to justice and thoughtfully willing to view matters from the perspectives of others. He does not develop in the novel but retains these qualities in equal measure, making him the novel's moral guide and voice of conscience. Charlotte Hamil 1 ...read more.

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