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What is Atticus' key role in the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'?

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Atticus plays an important role in the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' in many events throughout the novel including defending a black man in a trial against a white man. Atticus has a very open mind about the racist attitudes in Maycomb County because many of the view, such as Mrs Dubose, Miss Stephanie Crawford and Mr Walter Cunningham are very racist to black people. However, Atticus is able to overcome that and just think that "Mr Cunningham's basically a good man, he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us." This shows that even though people are racist in the community, Atticus feels that everyone is good and that they have a misunderstanding about black people. ...read more.


"Does this by any chance have anything to do with the Radley's?" he asks the children. However, he does not tell the children to stop finding out about who Boo Radley is and tells the children that "you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." This shows that he wants the children to explore and use their mistakes to help them grow and understand, which is a key theme in the novel. He wants his children to understand that "courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. ...read more.


This shows that he really cares about people and wants to protect them from harm, whatever race they come from. Additionally, he does not care about how people will treat him for defending a black man; he would just say "I'm simply defending a negro - his name's Tom Robinson." He believes that everyone is human and should therefore be treated like a human. The b lack community treat him like a hero: "Miss Jean Louise, stand up, your father's passin'" which shows the respect the black people feel for Atticus for defending someone of lower social class. Atticus plays and important role in the novel where he believes that everyone deserves a chance and believes that his children should learn using their own experiences, which Scout learns to do well. ...read more.

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