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To Kill A Mockingbird - Atticus Finch

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GCSE English Coursework Higher Tier To Kill a Mockingbird Assignment: "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets" Explain what Miss Maudie means by these words and, referring to both his professional and his private life, say what you think are Atticus's most important qualities and how the author presents him to the reader. To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee who was born in 1926 and grew up in Alabama. In this assignment I will see how Atticus behaves with different characters and how these bring out different aspects of his character. I will also discuss how different events and situations bring out different aspects of his character. Atticus is a proud and modest man with a calm character and a strong sense of justice and he agrees to defend Tom Robinson because it he refuses to do so then "he couldn't hold his head up in town". This shows that if he did refuse then he would be ashamed of himself and that self-pride is far more important to him than popularity. "I've got to live with myself" is how he explains to Scout his determination to defend Tom Robinson. He does not want to take this case but sees it as a duty. ...read more.


This image shows that Atticus does not discriminate anyone. Atticus remains calm when provoked directly. For example, looking at how he handles Bob Ewell's challenge: "Too proud to fight?" "No," says Atticus, "too old". This suggests that it may seem to us at first thought that Atticus is no longer strong and fit enough to fight; but also it might mean that fighting is not something that adults should do, which implies that Bob has not grown up. Atticus has an essential role in the novel. As a father, Atticus is truthful, fair and loyal his children, Scout and Jem. He acts as both a father and a teacher to them, educating them in the social and moral expectations of their society. He treats them with respect and wants them to understand why things happen in the community, what is wrong with society and how to try and change them and improve themselves at the same time. Atticus didn't believe in spoiling his children or shouting at them but instead believed respect for each other. Honesty and self respect were very important to Atticus and in order to be able to tell his children what to do or to enable him to order them about, he firstly had to prove to himself that he was doing the right thing, and that he could hold his head up high in the community. ...read more.


The role Atticus plays as a father is an idealistic role as he is never too harsh nor to kind, in fact, he seems to be an ideal parent. However, as a character on the whole, I think he is not completely realistic. I think that he is not human enough to be a believable character. This is because he is always a bit too nice and everything he does, for example seeing good in people, confirms my thinking. No one is perfect and the fact that Atticus has very little faults makes him an unrealistic character. He is only believable as a character of hope and is a way for Harper Lee to convey her ideas. However, I do believe that Atticus is a very consistent character because throughout the play he is always truthful and fair. Miss Maudie says, "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets", which means that Atticus is the same at home with his family as he is outside his home with the community. This seems to be a good thing about his character but then again it is very unrealistic. As Harper Lee conveys her views through Atticus, the reader realises what was wrong with the society. For me he is a series of ideas, beliefs and dreams but in reality not a realistic character. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gurnam Singh Virdi - 1 - ...read more.

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