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How does Harper Lee present the character of Atticus in the novel, to what extent is he a moral figure.

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Amy Brown How does Harper Lee present the character of Atticus in the novel, to what extent is he a moral figure. Atticus is one of the main characters within the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Atticus has many roles within the novel. He has the role of a father, a lawyer and as a citizen. Harper Lee shows this by highlighting Atticus' relationships with his children, his relationships with the community of Maycomb society and his professionalism as a lawyer. Atticus is a very important character in the novel, without him we would not learn of the prejudice and injustice of Maycomb society. Without Atticus as the lawyer at Tom Robinson's trial, the children would not have known about the problems of prejudice and injustice. ...read more.

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Atticus had done all of this for his children. Atticus is a very strong moral figure within the book. He has continually taught his children the differences between right and wrong. He has reinforced to his children the immoral happenings within Maycomb society. "In the courts when it's a white mans word against a black mans word, the white man always wins. They're ugly but those are the facts of life." In the novel Atticus is called to act as a lawyer for Tom Robinson. Through this section of the novel we see Atticus acting on his behalf to prove that Tom Robinson was innocent. Atticus is a very moral figure; he seems to be the only person in Maycomb society who can see that discrimination is taking place. ...read more.

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At the end of the trial, Atticus feels he has achieved some change in discrimination within Maycomb society. "Well, we're making a step- it's just a baby step; but it's a step." This shows that improvement is taking place. It suggests that Atticus has influenced some people and they begin listening and realise what has taken place. Atticus is reassured that his children as the future generation also understand injustice and this gives him hope for the future. This is important as it shows that Atticus had a strong character and would alter Maycomb society. This again reinforces that Atticus is a trusting and honest person and without him Maycomb society would have been the same as it always was. Harper Lee presents Atticus as a moral figure as a father, a lawyer and as part of a community. Throughout the novel Atticus is moral in every sense. ...read more.

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