Character Profile of Atticus Finch

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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is a small town lawyer and a single parent raising two children. Atticus is a strong, intelligent, white male in his forties. He was raised in a Christian home and believes in treaty people fairly and with respect. Even though Atticus is a lawyer, he does not make much money in the town that he lives. He is not necessarily poor but he does not have much money either. His life revolves around his children and he loves them dearly. Atticus teaches his children many valuable lessons by treating them with respect and talking to them in a stern yet loving voice. He speaks to his children as if they were adults. He will honestly answer any question his children have. Atticus teaches his children about life and how to deal with problems they face in their community. For example, there are many racial tensions among everyone in this small town. Atticus’s family becomes the target of many threats and taunts because he decides to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman. Almost everyone in town is against Atticus defending Tom. His children are soon teased at school. Atticus tells his children to ignore what people may say to them and not let ignorant remarks bother them. The children listen to their father because they know he is a smart man and will always be there for them and protect them. Atticus not only shows courage but perseverance as well. He knows that most people in town are racist but he defends Tom anyway. By doing this, he knows that he will be putting his reputation, life, and his children’s lives in danger. Atticus represents morality, reason, and bravery. Atticus never doubts his views or feelings. However, his weak point is that he is insecure when it comes to parenting. He believes his children should be raised by someone more traditional and more experienced. Atticus believes that his daughter Scout is too much of a “tomboy”,...
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