Father of Jem and Scout, Atticus Finch acts as Maycomb Alabama’s leading attorney . The essence of moral character, Atticus teaches his children and his community how to stand up for one's beliefs in the face of prejudice and ignorance by defending a black man, Tom Robinson, who was wrongfully accused of raping a white woman. Atticus is the voice of reason in Maycomb. He is a man that goes beyond the word tolerance. Atticus looks at everyone and tries to see himself in his or her shoes. Quietly but surely he passes his wisdom on to his two children. He is looked up to by his family and his friends who "trust him to do right", Atticus Finch sets a standard of morality that no other character in the book comes close to matching. Atticus is a studious man whose behavior is governed by reason. Once he decides that a given course of action is right, he perseveres regardless of threats or criticisms. The Tom Robinson case was not one he volunteered to handle- the judge assigned him the case because he felt Atticus would do his best to win. Atticus's desire to avoid conflict when possible is another quality that the author obviously wants us to admire. Atticus stands as one of the strongest and most positive father figures. Although Atticus seems mellow and even old-fashioned, many of his beliefs are quite revolutionary. He allows Calpurnia to truly be a member of his family. He gives her full respect and fair treatment at all times. When Calpurnia takes his children to her church, he seems unaffected. It is all part of his consistent code of conduct.