Essay on Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird, the most famous, and until recently, only, work of Harper Lee has been admired by literary lovers, and dreaded by high school students, for over five decades. For many readers, the characters in Lee’s book inspired them, especially one character in particular— Atticus Finch. However, contrary to popular belief, Atticus is not the role model everyone makes him out to be. Atticus Finch is most like a siren; he has a false facade that draws readers in, but underneath, he is just the same as the Ewells. Teresa Godwin Phelps states that Atticus Finch acts out of “an elitist sense of noblesse oblige, rather than true compassion,”(167). With the help of literary critics, such as Goodwin, and the author herself, I can conclude that Atticus Finch should not be the role model of the story, but the narrator, Scout Finch. Not only are the morals of Atticus Finch held on a golden pedestal for ordinary people, but also by lawyers. From early in law school, students are influenced to believe that Atticus is messiah of lawyers. Law school professors such as Phelps deeply admire Finch, finding him a strong, suitable model to base her career off of. However, as much as Phelps admires him, she is not blind to the holes in Atticus’s character, stating “students have raised awkward, disquieting questions that have punctured [her] complacency about [her] un-qualified admiration for Atticus Finch,” (167). Tim Dare, senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, states…

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