The Great Finch By Harper Lee Atticus Finch Essay example

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The Great Finch “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong—because someday you will have been all of these,” George Washington Carver once stated. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus Finch is a very popular character. Atticus is very calm; he does not get worked up with stressful situations and he is not affected by what other people say or think. Atticus is a lawyer in Maycomb county and also a father to a boy named Jem and a girl, Scout. He does not care about age, appearance, or even skin color. Atticus is also not afraid to be himself and he is the same inside the house as he is on the street. As the novel progresses, Atticus presents himself as intelligent, caring, and respectful/respected—all qualities which make him an honorable leader in Maycomb. Atticus is a very intelligent man because of his actions and his techniques in the court room. When Mayella is on the stand, he asks questions that make her fall apart. His questions make her break down and cry. Atticus asks her,” Who beat you up? Tom Robinson or your father?”(Lee 251). After a brief pause, Atticus continues,” …why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?”(Lee 251). Atticus’s reasoning in asking Mayella these questions is because her and her father’s testimony did not match. Atticus’s goal is to intellectually dominate Mayella and…

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