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To Kill a Mockingbird. Evaluation of the character of Atticus Finch.

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To Kill a Mockingbird: Critical Evaluation “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a thought provoking novel by Harper Lee. The novel is set in a post civil war deep South of America during the Great Depression. The story follows Scout, Jem and Atticus Finch as they face the trials and tribulations of defending a black man in the racist town of Maycomb. As the plot unfolds the readers admiration for Atticus grows. Atticus Finch has outstanding qualities such tolerance, empathy and integrity, these qualities make the reader grow in admiration of Atticus. Atticus is a lawyer who controversially defends the case of a black man accused of rape, Tom Robinson. Atticus is also a single parent to both Scout and Jem who he tries to teach the excellent qualities he possesses such as tolerance towards others: “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” Scout and Jemï¢s father, Atticus, is a well respected man and is morally upright. Atticus is a very tolerant and honest man and this is frowned upon by most people from the town of Maycomb due to his defence of the black and in particular Tom Robinson. ...read more.


Scout realise that her father, Atticus will lose the court case but Atticus explains to Scout that there nothing wrong in trying: ? Atticus, are we going to win it ? No Honey? Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us to try to win. ? Atticus is single father of two children, Scout and Jem due to this he is forced to have the role of a mother as well as a father, this role is made increasingly difficult by the ignorant people of Maycomb . A quality which is most evident in Atticus is his patience, he understands children, Atticus does not force his children to learn morals lessons but guides them so they make their own conclusions. I think that this is a very admirable quality. Another trait which Atticus has is to recognize that everyone has good qualities as well as bad qualities this links to the main themes of the novel, the themes of tolerance and empathy. ...read more.


had no expectation of winning the court case against the Ewells, but is positive at the fact that the jury did not convict Tom without thinking about the bigger picture, the prejudice and intolerance that exists in society. Atticus recognises that the real victory is that progress has been made. After the court case both Scout and Jem are forced to revaluate society and the prejudice that exists in it. The children realise that society and morality are not as simple as they first thought. I think that this a good example of what Atticus is and what he stands for as even though he has been repeatedly taunted and been put in front of many obstacles he has still managed to be himself and is determined to stay this way. In conclusion, the outstanding qualities Atticus Finch shows in terms of tolerance , integrity and patience made me admire him more as the plot unfold. It is admirable how Atticus stays true to his character when with his children, defending Tom Robinson, his treatment of the Ewells and finally the aftermath of the trail. Mohammed Naumann ...read more.

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