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"Atticus is a gentleman" - By referring to Atticus's behaviour on a number of occasions, show how 'To Kill a Mockingbird' supports these views

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"Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on public streets" "Atticus is a gentleman" By referring to Atticus's behaviour on a number of occasions, show how the novel supports these views. It is shown throughout the classic Harper Lee novel, "To Kill a Mocking Bird" that Atticus Finch is a kind and dedicated father, as well as full time lawyer, neighbour and friend. Respected by all who knew him, Atticus is the one character in the book that remains the same throughout. His non-racial views are the cause of many disputes and arguments during the novel but it is not that factor that many people admire about him. Miss. Maudie describes Atticus using the first quotation, "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on public streets" when the children, Jem and Scout are talking about Boo Radley, the town recluse. It is repeated again later on in the book, this time by Scout when she and Dill are discussing the techniques that the lawyers use in the trial. ...read more.

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Very proud of their efforts, the children rush to tell Atticus of their achievement, only to be told that they have "committed a near libel in the front yard", because the snowman resembled a neighbour, Mr. Avery. Not wanting to hurt his feelings, Atticus suggests that they should disguise him in some way, to avoid Mr. Avery jumping to conclusions. Atticus once again shows his caring side. Atticus's unique relationship with Scout and Jem is built on equality and respect, and helps to create his 'ideal father' character. The simple act of calling him "Atticus" and not "Dad" brings Scout and Jem to the same level as Atticus, showing that they are people, not children. "Jem protested, then pleaded, and Atticus said, 'All right, you can come with us if you stay in the car'". By allowing Jem and Dill to accompany him and Calpurnia to tell Mrs. Robinson about Tom's death, Atticus demonstrates his respect for Jem and Dill, and his faith in their maturity. ...read more.

Conclusion

His equal treatment of Black people is very much respected by the Black community of the town and they admire him for even trying to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus always knew that Tom was innocent but die to the prejudice of the town, realised that he didn't have a chance of winning the case. All in all, Atticus' role in the book is one of the most important. His children are at a very crucial point in their lives, with a lot going on around them. He is the one who acts as his children's consciences, helping them to develop their own. Though his actions are very low-key, many of his thoughts and ideas are very revolutionary for his time. Though times are hard and there is a lot of pressure to just give up, Atticus does not give up on his children and he makes sure to impose on them his standards for living. He makes sure his children will plant in their hearts the seeds of education, bravery, and acceptance ...read more.

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