Essay about Atticus Finch Is an Exemplary Father

2230 Words Sep 29th, 2010 9 Pages
Atticus Finch, a lawyer and devoted father, is an intelligent man whose wisdom, consistency, and ability to see past the ill in people prove him to be a respectable and exemplary father. He teaches his children and the people of Maycomb how to stand up for one’s belief in the face of prejudice and ignorance even when faced with the possibility of being looked down upon and scorned. His personality and character is retained throughout the entire book, making him an ideal moral guide and voice of conscience. In her novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents the character of Atticus Finch to convey her feelings and thoughts about race, morals, and society as a mass. In the difficult times of 1930’s Alabama, the county of Maycomb is a …show more content…
Behind Mrs Dubose's rudeness, cruelty and scowling comments laid true courage. By distancing herself to the world and all the things she once loved before her expected death she had exemplified true strength. Atticus intended for Jem to comprehend this and observe how strength and courage doesn’t come from a “man with a gun in his hand.” (124). Atticus’s message is conveyed successfully, as Jem is "fingering the wide petals" of the flower from Mrs. Dubose's garden, which indicates a level of respect, understanding and consideration which he initially didn’t have.
Atticus also teaches a strong lesson in tolerance and indiscrimination. By instructing his children to consider the actions of someone in their shoes, Jem and Scout learn not to judge or presume something without reason. Atticus’s lessons in morality and ethics are put into action at the trial of Tom Robinson: “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women- black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. (226). Atticus’s closing statement to the court presents to Scout and Jem the notion that racial discrimination is wrong; that the colour of a man’s skin has no effect on their personality or character; that justice is not done if a black man is convicted because he is black, and a white man walks free because he is

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