Atticus Finch In To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis
To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel regarded as a classic of modern American literature, written by Harper Lee. The story is set in Maycomb, Alabama during the years of the Great Depression when poverty and unemployment were widespread in the United States. It is a first-person narrative written in the retrospective point of view of Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch. Scout and her older brother, Jem, are the children of Atticus Finch. Atticus is a widowed father and a respected lawyer in Maycomb. He is the appointed defense lawyer of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is significant because he influences Jem and Scout’s growth, he plays a key role in one …show more content…
It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight.
Somehow, if I fought Cecil I would let Atticus down. Atticus so rarely asked Jem and me to do something for him, I could take being called a coward for him” (102).
Atticus educates his children on both social and racial topics, and as a result, Jem and Scout become more aware of what’s happening around them. They have some understanding of the rampant racism in Maycomb, and they begin to question it as the novel progresses. Atticus’ influence builds the foundation of Jem and Scout’s characters, and how they approach the difficulties that they face in their …show more content…
He aims to defend Tom Robinson knowing that they’re at a clear disadvantage. In doing so, Atticus displays true courage. He plays a key part in the novel as Tom Robinson’s lawyer, and had he not been appointed for the case, the trial may have gone differently.
Furthermore, the depth of many characters is illustrated through the presence of Atticus Finch. He has strong morals, and he treats everybody with respect regardless of their status or skin color. Atticus serves as the moral conscience of Maycomb, a man all people—white and black, rich and poor—can turn to in a time of need. Because of this, many of Maycomb’s citizens respect Atticus despite their contrasting moral views. For instance, the lynch mob obeys Atticus’ request to lower their voices so as not to wake Tom Robinson:
“‘He in there, Mr. Finch?’ a man said.
‘He is,’ we heard Atticus answer, ‘and he’s asleep. Don’t wake him up.’
In obedience to my father, there followed what I later realized was a sickeningly comic aspect of an unfunny situation: the men talked in near-whispers”