To Kill a Mockingbird – Atticus Finch a Hero

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The core character of a novel is responsible for maintaining the stability of society within the novel, exhibiting qualities of a true hero, and constantly emphasizing the novel’s central themes. Atticus Finch serves as this core in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, a novel written by Harper Lee. The story, set in the 1930’s, was written in a time when racism and discrimination to those who were different was rife in America, namely the southern states. Lee’s novel presented the problem in a new eye to the public, and slammed the people, the world even, by showing them what such discrimination was like. Atticus, father of two and a local town lawyer, proves to be one of the main characters used to express Lee’s points. The ways in which Atticus, or any man for that matter, is labelled a ‘hero’ is to meet these, and many others, of the following criteria; they must be strong, in both will and power; they must feel for everyone, to be able to live and love with those around him, and understand with empathy; they must be able to follow their hearts, and be an effective leader to others; but most importantly, they must be able to know what is right, and know right from wrong. He leads his children, Jen and Scout, not just by telling them how to act, but showing them proper manners in all situations of life. Atticus is not only a terrific father, but also a notable citizen in the community of Maycomb County. Throughout the entire novel, Atticus is consecutively dealing with the theme of prejudice, either through his words to his children or through his actions in the courtroom. His actions as a lawyer are just as noble and sincere, as his one aim is to achieve equality. This equality is something Atticus fights for in all aspects of his life, making him a great hero, to the town of Maycomb, and to the mind of the reader. One of the themes produced by the text is that of fatherhood, and the way Atticus is looked up to. Kind and understanding, strict but fair, Atticus Finch...
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