Atticus Finch Essay

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Atticus Finch is the moral backbone of Maycomb County in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. He is exactly who everyone in Maycomb should look up to and is a great father because he represents the basic morals most people at that time lacked. Atticus demonstrates seeing people as equals when no one else then can because of the strong racial prejudice. He also sees other peoples perspectives for their own benefit and has tremendous courage when it is necessary.

Very often, Atticus manages to shows great courage without the thought of backing out of the situation. Even when their are negative consequences, he is able to continue to do the right thing. The utmost important example of this is Atticus representing Tom
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These people understand his bravery, such as Jem and Scout who at times, claim he is “the bravest man who ever lived.”(Scout n.p.) Atticus is very courageous at the most difficult times and shows bravery when making very difficult choices.

Atticus is excellent at viewing things from other peoples perspectives. This skill allows him to be more understanding of people and must be a huge advantage in court. When in court for Tom, it is clear that “Atticus was trying to show… that Mr. Ewell could have beaten up Mayella.”(238) After the trial, he understands why Mr. Ewell is so furious and deals with him properly despite how rude and disrespectful Mr. Ewell was. Atticus knows that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view.”(Atticus n.p.) and he uses this knowledge to deal with problems like these and also teaches this concept to Jem and Scout. He explains to them that Boo Radley isn’t the man they perceive him as and teaches them to know them you must try

“walking into his skin and walking around in it.”(Atticus n.p.) This ability that Atticus has, allows him to treat others the way they want to be treated which overall makes him a better person.

Not only does he see things from other peoples perspectives, but he believes that all people are equals. This makes him stands out in Maycomb and almost puts him ahead of his time although most people see it as a negative. He

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