Courage of Atticus Finch

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 495
  • Published : August 23, 2011
Open Document
Text Preview
Atticus Finch, a dedicated lawyer and compassionate father of two, shows many instances of great courage as he fights against racism to ensure justice when an innocent black man is accused of rape in a small southern town. His actions through out the trial, as well as his personal life, each one displaying compassion, courage, and dedication idolized him in many people's eyes and eventually won him the title of fim's number one hero of all time.

Buddha defined compassion as "that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others.” The book of Leviticus expresses it more simply as “love thy neighbor”. In To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Finch shows compassion in every aspect of his life; in the upholding of his career, the raising of his children, and his determination to follow his own conscience while facing critique, slander, and threats.

Atticus’ compassion for Tom Robinson earned him the hatred of many racist citizens in his small, southern town. He was insulted, threatened physically, at one point even approached by a mob of angry, poteentially violent men, but Atticus took all of this undeserved abuse with grace and the assurance that he was right in his decisions. When even the children began to hear of Atticus' new reputation as a 'n***** defender' Scout asked her father how he could possibly be doing the right thing if it it made everybody so angry. Atticus replied ; “The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

Atticus, though an extremely dedicated lawyer, loves nothing more than his children; Jem and Scout Finch. He treats them as equals, allowing them to call him by his first name, and uses reason and compassion, rather than punishment, to help them mature and see their faults. One of his most important lessons was teaching Scout the concepts of compassion and empathy. When she came home angry with her new teacher he asked her to envision life from the teacher’s perspective. “You never really...
tracking img