To Kill a Mockingbird Eulogy

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Atticus Finch, he was the father of Jeremy Atticus Finch and I (Jean Louis Finch).He was older than most other peoples’ fathers, he didn’t drive a dump-truck for the county, he wasn’t the sheriff, he didn’t farm, he hated guns and had never been to war, but he is the bravest man I’ve ever known. Many of you know Atticus as many things, some say he is the “White Hope”, some say he was the deadest shot, some say he is a good parent. I say he is all of that and more. Atticus is an intelligent and patient man. He taught me many things in his own way. For example, when I didn’t want to go to school I decided to start cussing so that he thought I was learning bad habits at school. Instead of telling me to stop like any parent would do, he just says that “Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it.”(Atticus, pg.116) This told me that what I am doing is not going to get me anywhere good so I should stop. Another lesson that Atticus taught me was that “it is a sin to kill mockingbird” (Atticus, pg. 119). This meant that innocent people or things should not be killed or harmed. This taught me a lesson about Arthur Radley. Arthur Radley didn’t harm anybody but instead he left presents for me and my brother, and covers me with a blanket during Miss. Maudie’s house fire. Atticus was the bravest man I have ever known because he had a hardest court case that anyone would have given up on. This court case was to defend Tom Robinson, a black man. Atticus had the choice to let this case go and to live his life as happy as he liked to but instead he chose to defend Tom Robinson and have everyone call him a nigger-lover and a disgrace to the Finch family. I have asked Atticus before if we could win this case, but he said ”No”. Atticus told me that this was the right thing to do. Atticus once told me that”It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyways and you see it through...
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