TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
By: Nathan Romano
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
Atticus Finch, an upright lawyer from the state of Alabama, is one of the most honest and moral characters in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. His character remains, for the most part of the book, unchanged. As a lawyer, Atticus portrays everything that someone working in the justice system should. He is fair, does not hold hard feelings, and looks at every situation from many angles. As Miss Maudie once said, “Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets” (87). He is the same person in his house than the one in public or the courtroom. Atticus is one of the most inspiring characters in 20th century literature. A morally upright lawyer, committed and loving father, a citizen that is highly admired by most of the citizens in Maycomb, Atticus sticks to his beliefs and always tries to do the right thing.
Not only does Atticus plays a role of an amazing father and mentor to his children, but he is also a leader in his community. Atticus portrays an ideal male role-model, a person that people follow and believe in. As a result, Atticus will try to eradicate racism from Maycomb. He will try to change people’s judgmental perspective about blacks because he knows that if he is successful, he can cure Maycomb’s usual disease. However, he knows that he will lose Tom’s case, and that’s why he explains Jem and Scout what is courage from his point of view. "Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what" (124). Atticus demonstrates mental and physical courage when he engages in the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of rape. He knows the
consequences that going against the town can bring, but he still...
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