Character Analysis of Atticus Finch

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People are judgmental everywhere you go. In every society people view themselves either about or below others. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch experiences being the center of gossip in Maycomb, and also the center of threat to Bob Ewell.

Atticus Finch is a respectable person in Maycomb, Alabama. He has such a wise and sensible view on life. He learns from his mistakes and tries to be fair and tolerant. Not only is he a good citizen but a good parent to his children, Jeremy and Jean Louise [Scout]. He never is condescending to others and always tries to see in their point of view. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 32). Atticus tries to explain to Scout that she cannot just judge people, for she has not seen the other persons view of the situation. Atticus tries to lead his children in the right direction and to understand what he does and why he does it. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew” (Lee 149). Atticus was trying to explain the reasons for his punishments to Jem, that it had taught him a lesson and showed him the true form of courage. Atticus knows that because of the case there will be a lot of negative talk about him and his client of a different race. “As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it -- whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash”...
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