To Kill a Mockingbird: Character Analysis Essay (Atticus)

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To Kill a Mockingbird
One of the most interesting things that goes on in this book, is being able to learn about what all went on during the times of the depression, segregation, slavery, and also racism. Here is your hint, not every white man was horrible. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is a book that was written by Harper Lee in 1960. The book took place in the south, particularly in the fictional town of Maycomb County, Alabama, during the 1930’s, where a black man was taken to court for a convicted rape to a white woman. Atticus Finch was a man that stood against that case, because he knew that Tom Robinson did not do any harm at all. A woman named Maudie Atkinson also held herself up for Tom Robinson, and that made it solid that Miss Maudie Atkinson holds a good example towards Maycomb’s children, and the rest of their lives. Now, back to Atticus, remember like I said, not every white man was horrible. The town folks appreciate him as serving as a moral hero. He did good things. More so he was a good person.

It is quite clear that Atticus holds his own opinion by watching his interactions with the other characters. Most of the kids all think that Atticus was just an old person with nothing to do; that he could never do anything “cool.” He was a nice and generous man, but the kids just thought he was old and outdated. He taught his kids many things, like how to read. His kids sure didn’t have the strongest love for school, actually the complete opposite, but him pushing them through till the end left a positive stain on their lives. Atticus once said, “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” –Page 98. Most people knew that he was a good person, which made it clear of what he was saying by that. He says this because of Boo Radley, for instance, is like a mockingbird. He never once harmed a human, he even left Jem and Scout presents! It’s not right to go around and give people bad names, unless there is a reason for it all, in this case there is none. All mockingbirds do is flutter around and sing happy songs.

Atticus was the type of person that kept his cool. He held his personality everywhere he went, he was not two-faced or anything of that matter; he simply stayed the same inside and out of his home. Atticus had made an honorable decision sticking up for Tom Robinson, even though it was not the most popular choice. During a conversation, Atticus says that if it were not for his decision, he would not be able to be in church, worshiping God. He hears that most people believe that what he says is wrong, and that they are right. He then says, “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect of their opinions. But before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live by myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” –Page 114. By this, Atticus understood that a man’s integrity was his honor, and that the trust of others was built. Stripped of integrity, a man becomes weak and important, no longer a force for good in his family or community.

Moral courage is, to many people, the most important type of bravery, and Atticus had the most of it. An old lady who lived down the street from the Finch’s, named Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose, was one riot of a lady. Jem was always seeking pointers from Atticus on how to impress her and get her to like him. The only response he ever got was an earful of hollering at him. By the time Jem had had enough of her, he walked over and destroyed her flower beds. Atticus punished him by having Jem read to Mrs. Dubose every day after school. Atticus told Jem, “Son, I told you that if you hadn’t lost your head I’d have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her-I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before...
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