Atticus Appearance In To Kill A Mockingbird

Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird is one of those rare characters who strives to be a static and consistent - and he ultimately fails. His appearance is unextraordinary and he’s nearly completely unchanging, however as we learn about him throughout the story we discover his true essence and how it could never be properly reflected in his appearance.

Atticus’ appearance is quite plain, and in all honesty, it’s what you’d expect a lawyer from that era to wear and look like. If you think of the town in which Atticus lives however, you see that how he dresses causes him to stick out as well as alienates him from certain people of Maycomb. Atticus is described as being older “Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty.” (Page 118) With his
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The people of Macomb have watched him grow into the man he is now, however, the content revealed from the townspeople is insignificant compared to his reasons for keeping certain things about himself quiet. Being called “One-shot Finch,” (page 128) reveals that he may have a more colourful past than his appearance would suggest. The significant detail here is that his children never knew about this nickname. He has a great skill, and yet he has kept it hidden because he is a humble man who obviously puts great importance into being a role model for his children. He teaches his children to think of things from other people’s point of view, with notable quotes such as: “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.” (page 39) One of Atticus’ central roles in this book is teaching Scout important life lessons, and not only does he preach these lessons, but he practises them too. “So if spitting in my face and threatening saved Mayella one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take.” (page 218) Atticus is facing great adversity, and yet he still makes it a point to be a respectful figure that his children can look up to. Atticus’ central values revolve around respect and being a father - being someone his children can be proud of. In chapter nine Atticus reveals certain feeling he has about the Tom Robinson case “But do you think I could face my children [if I didn’t take the case]?” (page 117) Every decision Atticus makes throughout To Kill A Mockingbird displays his true essence: and that is being a father his children can look up to, even if Maycomb doesn 't

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