Atticus Finch Quotes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Often it is difficult to comply with morals when others seem to have no problem choosing to ignore them. This statement is not true for Atticus Finch, who provides the moral compass of To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on the impact of morals and society on an innocent man’s life. When African American Tom Robinson is wrongly accused of raping caucasian Mayella Ewell, Atticus Finch is assigned to defend him. Institutionalized racial bias is still at large in the South in the 1930s, and Atticus knows that Robinson will not be acquitted, but he does as much with the case as he possibly can. Harper Lee develops the Atticus’ virtuous, levelheaded, and empathetic character by revealing his actions, his dialogue, and views of others.
Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is developed by Harper Lee as a virtuous character. When a mad dog threatens the safety of his children, Atticus shoots the dog with perfect accuracy, which comes as a surprise to his children, whom he had never told he could shoot. Atticus did not use his gun until the need arose, though he was “the deadest shot in Maycomb County (pg. 129)”. He did not want to use his gift to kill
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The persecution of Tom Robinson blatantly displays the real racial bias in the South and shows how personal bias can completely ruin the life of an innocent person. The moral fortitude displayed by Atticus provides a role model not only for characters within the novel, but also for the reader. If more of the jury or even more of society felt the same as Atticus did, Robinson would not have been convicted. If more men followed their morals on a daily basis, much evil and wrong in the world would exist to a much lesser degree, it at all. Though many find it difficult act upon morals instead of following the masses, Atticus shows that is is possible to stand, strong and alone, for what is

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