Atticus Finch

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“Atticus is a failure both as a lawyer and a father”. Discuss.

Atticus instilled his morals as a lawyer deeply into his children. Teaching them respect, equality and to always to their best. Any lawyer which represents their clients with these morals is no failure. Atticus taught his children these things as he wishes for his children to grow up with respect for everyone just as he has. Atticus was not a failure as both a lawyer and parent.

Atticus wants to bring his children up with the correct morals and ethics. He wishes for Jem and Scout to see everyone as equals, this is why he gets them to call him Atticus rather than Dad. He feels that if he doesn’t uphold these morals himself, that he would never be able to tell Jem and
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Not only does Atticus present a solid defence, he presents a solid case that leaves virtually no room for doubt Tom Robinson is innocent and that the no rape occurred but that Bob Ewell assaulted his own daughter, Mayella. Tom Robinson’s verdict was decided before the case even came to court but Atticus still represented him to the best of his ability. Atticus wouldn’t have been appointed to represent Tom Robinson if Judge Taylor didn’t believe Atticus would do all in his power to represent him. Atticus believed in a fair trial and equality, whether white or black. Atticus went out of his way to defend his client taking on jobs which are not expected of a defence attorney. He protected Tom Robinson at the jail, he told Helen Robinson of Tom’s unfortunate death. All of these actions were not required of Atticus, but he felt that these were necessary actions which he must take. When choosing the jury, Atticus had no hesitation of putting Mr. Cunningham on it, although he was one of the men that came to the jail to kill Tom, as Atticus realised that Scout has sowed a seed of doubt in Mr. Cunningham’s mind that night. Atticus went beyond the expectations of a defence attorney and the black community of Maycomb show their appreciation to Atticus by rising as he leaves the court after Tom Robinson’s trial and they also deliver food goods to the Finch home in the mornings

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