Harper Lee : Exemplary Qualities And Influential Actions Of A Genuine Leader

1521 Words Nov 13th, 2015 7 Pages
Throughout her enthralling tale, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee exhibits the exemplary qualities and influential actions of a genuine leader through the character of Atticus Finch. We witness how Atticus is not only an exceptional father, but teacher, as he educates his children whom develop throughout the novel. As the story progresses, Atticus continues to stand by his morals as he is able to distinguish between right and wrong, and decide what is and what isn’t acceptable to do. We then witness how Atticus respects all the characters in the novel, both amiable and hostile. Atticus sculpts the characters throughout the book, and guides decisions made by those around him, ultimately teaching lessons that are absorbed by the readers as well.
The novel begins to show us how Atticus educates his children with the vast amount of knowledge he has progressively gathered throughout his life, knowledge that they cannot acquire from school. We first witness the teacher Atticus is to his children as he explains why he forces them to read to Ms.Dubose: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand” (Lee, 149). Atticus’ powerful words explain that true courage shouldn’t be connected to guns and physical actions, but mental courage in the face of emotional and physical pain, and looking past failure.. While the children see a cranky old lady addicted to morphine, Atticus sees what most do not: a strong, brave…

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