English 9 Pre-AP
17 March 2012
As stated by George Washington Carver, “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.” In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is the father of Jem and Scout Finch, while fighting justice as a lawyer in Maycomb County. Atticus Finch is an affectionate, benevolent, sympathetic, and tolerate man with anyone he comes in contact with. He is respectful to everyone and believes strongly in equality among everyone in Maycomb, regardless of their age, gender, race, or rank. As the novel progresses, the reader gains a love for Atticus as he presents himself as a wise, calm, moral, and expressive person. Throughout the novel, Atticus reveals his wisdom to the readers. During the court case, he never lets his guard down and is ready to take whatever bullet is shot toward Tom Robinson. His wisdom never subsides as he tries to persuade the brainwashed jury of Maycomb that an innocent Negro is meant to be free, not treated as an animal in his own city all from accusations. In his conclusion, Atticus states, “The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence to the effect that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place. It has relied instead upon the testimony of two witnesses whose evidence has not only been called into serious question on cross-examination, but has been flatly contradicted by the defendant.” (Lee 108) In stating this, Atticus is persuading the jury that the Ewells do not have solid enough evidence to strip this man of his clean name, his innocence, and even his life. During his monologue, he revealed the real man at fault and made it known that Mayella is merely trying to save herself. Atticus throws his opinion toward the jury, stating, “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes...