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To Kill a Mockingbird - Character Analysis of Atticus

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To Kill a Mockingbird - Character Analysis of Atticus

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Atticus Finch always stood up for what he believed in, no matter the consequences. He lost friendships and attracted trouble from defending Tom Robinson, but by staying so defiant he subtly passes on wisdom to his children Jem and Scout about taboo subjects such as racism. Atticus always appeared to be a friendly man, who showed compassion to people regardless of their social class or skin colour. An example of this is when Walter Cunningham was invited to dinner, and straight away Atticus spoke to Walter in a dignified and respectful way about farming.

His character never changed, he was consistent, and in the book people say Atticus is the same in the courtroom as he is on the street. We can tell Atticus is aging throughout the book, as Scout and Jem complain to him one night that he is old and is beginning to have grey hair. This helped me to form an idea of his description physically.

Atticus always tried to understand people from their point of view; he was sympathetic with most people. When he quoted to Scout “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb in his skin and walk around in it”, it immediately gave Scout a fair perspective of why Miss Caroline was mad with her and helped Scout from there on to be less judgemental. Atticus kept the backbone of morality to the story, whereas he never learnt any lessons, but more so taught other people moral lessons.

Even though Atticus is presented as a mellow and old-fashioned man, many of his beliefs are revolutionary at that time. He allowed Calpurnia to be a member of his family and gave her fair respect and treatment at all times. When she took Jem and Scout to her church, he seemed unaffected. Atticus was usually well respected in Maycomb, and even the people who were unfair to black people, they still were respectful in him and was overall liked. Atticus is the main link to the theme of the novel of racism and prejudice and the book presents...