Atticus As A Static And Consistent Essay

1038 Words Jun 9th, 2016 5 Pages
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 age comes his body wearing down a bit, and being less active than he might have been when he was younger. He still plays with his children, but he avoids certain activities due to his age. When Jem wanted to tackle him Atticus would say, ‘I 'm too old for that, son.’” (Page 118) Atticus wears glasses because he’s nearly blind in his left eye. He has a certain propriety about the clothes he wears - stuffy clothing like a vest, a tie, and a coat - which seems to be all he wears. ”[Atticus] never loosened a scrap of his clothing until he undressed at bedtime,” (Page 271). To Kill A Mockingbird is set during the Great Depression, when poverty was a widespread issue, and how Atticus acts and dresses alienates him from the poorer people of…

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