AP English 11
Throughout life, many amazing individuals enter and leave, each having impact and influence on each person they have been around. These people can teach others so much about events or problems that occur in everyday life by both their words and actions. Atticus Finch is one man who any person no matter their age, race, or background, can learn from. If the definition of a “good man” were looked up online, the computer would probably suggest to visit a site about Atticus Finch, a widowed lawyer with two kids, Jean Louis and Jem, from the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. After having read the novel and coming to learn about Atticus, his traits, and all that he does for his community and family, most people most likely have said to themselves, “Now that is the type of person I hope to be.” Atticus Finch had all around, strong values. Family always came first for him, and it is not easy for anyone to raise two children single handedly. He could have sent them away to live with a relative, but he was so devoted to his children. He loved them and all of their unique qualities. Jean Louis, who typically went by her nickname “Scout,” is a tomboy. She always chooses to hang out with her brother and their summer friend Dill and would much rather wear overalls instead of dresses. Atticus’ sister Alexandra does not approve of the way Scout is being raised, and wants to “feminize” her. Nonetheless, Atticus never criticized his daughter, and loves her just the way she is. Atticus always yearns to understand his children and this is why his relationships with his son and daughter are so strong. He isn’t the type of father to go to work in the morning and return home at night and pay no attention to his kids. He always makes time for them no matter how stressed out or busy he is. Atticus is the type of person to always fight for what he believes in, and although sometimes what he fought for wasn’t the popular...
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