The Character of Atticus Finch

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The character of Atticus Finch

Aly Lalji

The state of Alabama in the 1930's was a place filled with racial discrimination and poverty. Atticus Finch was a lawyer of that time. He has two children and a hired house worker. Atticus believes that racial discrimination is wrong and tries to treat every individual equally in reference to his parenting skills. He also tries to alter the distorted perception of the community. Although he is a positive role model for his children, ho too has his strengths and weaknesses.

In Maycomb, Atticus Finch is a strong figure who firmly believes in equal rights for all men and women. After the death of his wife, Atticus hired Calpurnia, a black woman, because he needed help with the household affairs. Her duties not only entailed cooking and cleaning, but also taking care of Jem and Scout, Atticus' children. Every now and then, scout and Calpurnia would get into an argument and Atticus would side with Calpurnia. Instead of siding with his child, he would demand that Scout do as Calpurnia said. For example, when Scout would start a fight and then argue, Calpurnia would tell her to act like a girl. Atticus would agree with Calpurnia and tell Scout to do whatever Calpurnia gave as a punishment. As for his professional career as a lawyer, Atticus Finch was working on a very particular case. It involves a black man named Tom Robinson, who was accused of rape. Even though the odds of him winning the case are very slim, he chooses to defend Tom anyways. He states that one of many reasons for him doing so is that "if I didn't I couldn't hold my head up in town, I couldn't represent this county in legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to so something again."(P.75). By this he meant to say that it is his duty to protect Tom Robinson the same way it is his duty to protect his children. If he failed to do so, he could not expect his children to obey to his requests.

Atticus tries to educate his kids to...
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