Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1037 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was created in 1960 by the brilliant author, Harper Lee. The book takes place down south in early 1930 America in a town called Maycomb. One of the major characters in the story is Atticus Finch, a lawyer whose difficult task is to defend a man of colour in front of an all-white jury. Although, this novel has been out for over 50 years, I still believe that Atticus Finch is one of the most admired characters in modern American literature. The three characteristics that are the most striking to me when it comes to Atticus are: courage, intelligence, and kindness. In the next several paragraphs, I will explain in detail to why I think this is so.

Atticus’ courage is just one of the many attributes he has that make him an admired character. Throughout the novel, Atticus displayed this quality countless times. Firstly, Atticus defended a black man in court. At the time a white man doing such a thing was unheard of because of the extreme racism in Southern America. Atticus had to endure countless insults thrown at him and his family. However, despite this he continued to do his job because he felt it was the right thing to do. To stand with what you believe in takes a lot of courage, especially in Atticus’ case where an entire town was against his choice.
The second time Atticus was courageous was when his black client was going to get lynched by the town’s people, he stood by him to make sure he didn’t get hurt. “You got fifteen seconds to…

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