To Kill A Mockingbird How Does Atticus Change

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A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Jean Louise’s hero has always been her father, Atticus Finch. She has always looked up to him and seen him as someone who always does the right thing, no matter what. The bird Finch also symbolizes happiness, diversity, and energy, but is also vulnerable in the wild, which is a good way to describe Atticus. He took care of his two children, almost completely alone, despite his age, worked at his job as a lawyer, but was vulnerable to opinions of the citizens around the town. Atticus’s character changed drastically between To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. Atticus changes drastically between books, from at first being a hero who tries his best to a normal human who has their faults as Jean Louise's opinion of him changes when she sees …show more content…
Now labeled as a racist who once attended a Klan meeting, who doesn’t want the town of Maycomb overtaken by blacks. The perfect, saintly image of him is shattered, replaced with a hateful and disillusioned old man. His idea’s change, where he now denounces the Supreme Court system, and a source of great pain to his daughter, Jean-Louise. He ruins his relationship with her, to the point that she even says, “I’ll never believe a word you say to me again. I despise you and everything you stand for.”
There are two versions of Atticus, the bigoted, old, racist version that readers were disappointed in since learning about him in Go Set a Watchman, and the caring, loyal, hero portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird. All of his faults that everyone’s susceptible to are shown, shocking his daughter most of all and causing a rift in the relationship. Also, the two books were written from different point of views, the 6 year old Scout, and the adult, Jean Louise, which could be a reason for the huge difference in personalities between the two

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