Atticus Finch

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Harper Lee’s extraordinary and original tale, To Kill a Mockingbird displays the difficulty and struggle of the community in Maycomb County through the eyes of a young girl named Jean Louise Finch. The main character, Atticus Finch plays an important role throughout the novel. His wisdom, words and actions help guide the town through the harsh times of prejudice and injustice. He demonstrates powerful leadership through his three different roles as a father, a lawyer and a noble citizen of the town.

As a father, Atticus is a great leader in his own household. Not only does he teach his children verbally but he teaches them by setting a good example as a role-model. He accepts the challenging case of the alleged rape of Mayella Ewell as the lawyer of the defendant, Tom Robinson because he feels that he should take responsibility of ensuring that there is justice. He needs to make a good impression for his children by doing the right thing and being an ethical and honest man. Atticus has nothing to hide from his children and always provides answers to questions that are always asked of him. For example, when he is talking to Uncle Jack, he says, “When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production out of it.” (Lee, 87) Not only is he honest, but he is open minded and always takes into consideration both sides of a story. By doing this, he is making sure that he is being fair and not bias. For example, whenever Jean Louise and Jem argue, Atticus does not only listen to Jem’s side of the story, but he also hears Jean Louise’s version of it (86).

Besides being a role-model to his children, he is setting an elite example in his town through his profession as a lawyer. Atticus is an achiever and never gives up, no matter what the challenge is. Even though he knows that his chances of success are minimal, he still tries his best to defend Tom Robinson in court. Atticus once told Jean Louise that, “Simply because we were licked...
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