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Atticus: A Symbol of Justice and Equality - ... Outside of the courtroom Atticus is not any different. This man is not very close to his children. Atticus Finch shows love to his children in a different kind of way. Scout and Jem learn from experience, that is the way Atticus teaches them. Atticus showed Jem how to respect and showed that Atticus is all about treating everyone equally no matter what even when Mrs. Dubose bad mouthed Atticus to Jem and Scout and Jem to things into his own hands and beat Mrs. Dubose’s camelias. Atticus made Jem and Scout read to Mrs....   [tags: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird] 532 words
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Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird - True role models are those who possess the qualities that we would want to have in the near future and those who interest us in a way that make us want to be a better person. They teach us more about ourselves and encourage us to make better choices. A role model is not just someone who is successful, but someone who has had similar experiences that we have had. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates that Atticus Finch is a true role model. Over the course of the novel, Atticus stands up for his beliefs, respects everyone despite who they are and behaves as a true father....   [tags: To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, heroes, ]
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Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird - ... Similarly, Atticus who is a white lawyer takes on a case of a black man, Tom Robinson. Therefore, Scout is made fun of for having her father defend a black man at school. Atticus justifies himself by telling her, “If I didn’t, I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (75). Atticus feels that it is in his duty to fulfill his job by helping the man he knows and believes is innocent. He is acting justly by defending any person no matter the colour of their skin and to him, everyone is equal....   [tags: Harper Lee, character analysis]
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To Kill A Mockingbird: Analysis of Atticus - Throughout Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, it seems as if Atticus Finch is a failure as both a parent and a lawyer. However, somebody with a good understanding of the novel will realise that Atticus is in fact a terrific lawyer and a superb father. However, like all people, Atticus has his flaws. Throughout Scout and Jem’s childhoods, their father Atticus was always there for them. Atticus always made sure he made time to talk to his children and teach them valuable life skills. Atticus taught both his children to read before they began schooling....   [tags: Harper Lee, father, lawyer]
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Is Atticus Finch an Ideal Parent? - ... After she dies, Atticus also uses her to show Jem that true courage “is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what”(Lee 147). This shows how Atticus wants his children to believe in whatever they want, even if others do not agree with that belief, and not let anyone change it by force. Later in the novel, Atticus shows that he is an ideal parent by letting his children experience the unfairness of their society. He does this by letting Scout and Jem stay at Tom Robinson’s trial, and lets them discover how the system was corrupt, while normal people would have shielded their children....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee] 539 words
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Is Atticus a Good Father? - ... I strongly believe that Atticus is a good father because his morals mean well, his actions are great, and his image is perfect. We can clearly see from the book that Atticus is a good man. He is well mannered, kind, and very wise. We never see Atticus act as oddly as some of the other character do. And since they’re all living in hard times, the Great Depression, it doesn’t help that the economy is crap but for some strange reason Atticus seems to be the only person that is calm and collected- normal....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird analysis] 666 words
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Lesson Taught By Atticus Finch - What would kids do if they had no role models to look up to and to teach them important life lessons. Atticus is an ideal father because he displays a balance of comfort and support as well as discipline. He maintains a strong bond with both Jem and Scout since he always finds time for them even though he is always very busy with work. Atticus, being an open-minded and honest man, is able to teach his children many important life lessons. He teaches his children to tolerate others, to act courageously, and to judge people on what’s beyond the exterior....   [tags: Classic American Literature]
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Atticus The Brave and Corageous - ... You rarely win, but sometimes you do"(pg 149). This quote really demonstrates courage and how Atticus showed his courage because he knew he would lose the trial but he didn’t let that stop him because there is always that little chance and if you don’t try you will never know. Second, throughout the novel and when he begins to engage his time in defending Tom Robinson, he shows another more subtle courage with his children. He teaches them that there are good and bad people in this world . It is important to Atticus Finch that he explains and that he demonstrates to his children that it is better to "fight with your own head instead of using your fists." I think this quote was very impo...   [tags: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird] 722 words
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Atticus Finch - It is widely believed that Atticus Finch is one of the greatest heroes of modern literature. My opinion varies greatly with this remark. Atticus Finch is not a hero because he only had greater morals than the people of his time, he wanted to be a good role model for his children, and was only doing his job as a lawyer. It was his responsibility to defend Tom Robinson and give him an honest trial. He may have done things out of the way, but that was just to demonstrate his point. Atticus also never did anything for the benefit of other people....   [tags: modern literature, hero, lawyer, ethics]
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Atticus Finch - Atticus Finch is the moral backbone of Maycomb County in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. He is exactly who everyone in Maycomb should look up to and is a great father because he represents the basic morals most people at that time lacked. Atticus demonstrates seeing people as equals when no one else then can because of the strong racial prejudice. He also sees other peoples perspectives for their own benefit and has tremendous courage when it is necessary. Very often, Atticus manages to shows great courage without the thought of backing out of the situation....   [tags: Character Analysis] 658 words
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Atticus Finch - Imagine living in a world where you were expected to help someone, whilst the rest of the world was against them. That would make someone a hero, helping someone, when even though it may not help them in the long run; you tried. Just trying can give someone so much hope, hope that maybe all is not lost, that maybe, just maybe you have a chance. Having hope given to you can change your life, it makes you realize that the whole world may not be against you; that maybe they have clouded judgement, that maybe they don't know any better....   [tags: hero, racism, prejudice, african americans]
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Atticus: The Ideal Father in To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper lee in this novel makes me feel relief and happiness that a man like Atticus raises Scout and Jem. Atticus is an ideal father, even though he makes mistakes, he always tries to be the best father. His parenting style is firm but fair and he lets the children make their own decisions and discoveries. He treats the children as equals always telling the truth about everything and letting them call him “Atticus”. As a father he leads by example. Atticus teaches his children many valuable lessons....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 723 words
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Atticus as a Wise Father in To Kill a Mockingbird - Lastly, I think that as a father, Atticus is extremely wise. Atticus’s wise parenting ultimately wins his children’s respect and trust, and their devotion to him runs deep. Atticus way of parenting is not typical, such as scolding and punishing. Instead, he parenting style is unique, different from other fathers and he is able to help the children learn from their experiences and thus they progress through levels of morality until they develop the compassionate ability to consider from others’ perspective and views ....   [tags: Character Analysis, Literary Analysis] 595 words
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Atticus Finch: Stronger Than Hercules - “All heroes and heroines share several characteristics in common: They embody characteristics their society values” (Reilly). Odds are, the word, “hero” conjures up images of strong, powerful, hardy men battling monsters and evil forces. Achilles, the legendary Greek warrior whose story is chronicled in Homer’s The Illiad, and Superman, the invincible savior from the Planet Krypton, are two such examples. However, there is a new breed of hero, the modern hero. The modern hero is not necessarily a stereotypical strongman....   [tags: heroes, heroines, modern heroe]
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Teaching is a Human Service: Atticus is a Teacher - Teaching is not just a job. It is a human service, and it must be thought of as a mission. Atticus was a man who showed his children respect, compassion, and understanding towards others. He encouraged his children to be educated by giving them more freedom to develop their personality. In regards to raising his children, Atticus had his own method to spread his message. Atticus Finch’s mission was to teach his children a life lesson about perseverance from fighting, courage, and most importantly, that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird....   [tags: teaching, To Kill a Mockingbird,] 543 words
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The Strengths of Atticus's Defense in To Kill a Mockingbird - ... This shows Atticus’s resilient but effective method of questioning. He also asked for Mayella’s injuries, as the location of the injuries can determine who is the real culprit. He also wants answers to be concise without nonsense, like when Atticus asks Heck Tate to answer a simple question about Mayella’s injuries around the throat, “Just answer the question yes or no, please, Sheriff” (169). Again, he does not asks for details; he wants a simple, concise answer to the trial. Later, after Bob Ewell finished his testimony, Atticus began his cross-examination with similar questions like calling for a doctor and agreeing with her injuries....   [tags: character and behavioral analysis]
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The Wisdom of Atticus in Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on “Maycomb’s usual disease,” as a pivotal part of the book, but also shows that compassion and wisdom can exist in these most bleak areas. The prejudice and bigotry comes from the lack of knowledge of Maycomb, and their fear to change what they have grown up with. Pre-conceived ideas are the main reason that Maycomb is ignorant of black people as they are afraid what a change of those pre-conceived ideas will bring. Even so, compassion still exists, as Atticus is able to save Scout and Jem from the influence of ‘Maycomb’s usual disease.’ Wisdom is also embodied by Atticus, where his wisdom, which is not necessarily knowledge but life experience, is able to forc...   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 978 words
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To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee - ... A typical lawyer would never have taken a case that involved defending a black person; black people are looked down on in Maycomb. Atticus being the brave, compassionate and pacifistic person he is tries to find every way to prove Tom’s innocent as he knows how dishonest and fraudulent Mayella is. He never gave up at any stage in the novel, he even went to visit Tom Robinson at the jail without Heck Tate the town’s local sheriff. Atticus strongly held convictions, wisdom, and empathy as he was fighting the case....   [tags: courage, atticus] 1009 words
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To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about a family living in a town named Maycomb where the blacks and whites live separately. Atticus, the dad, explains to his children, Scout and Jem, that killing mockingbirds is a sin. He says that mockingbirds don’t do anything but make beautiful music, and we should never kill them. Many of the characters are comparable to the mockingbird in the title because they are innocent but are still caught in the line of fire. Boo Radley attacked his father with scissors, and people told him to put Boo in and asylum, his father refused and locked him in the house....   [tags: maycomb, atticus] 577 words
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Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mocking Bird is an Accommodator Not an Activist - ... Another way Atticus is an accommodator in Gladwell’s view because Atticus still allows Walter Cunningham be on the jury when he was part of the lynch mob to kill Tom Robinson. In McMillan's response his reasoning for Atticus being an activist is because Atticus is a Christian. His evidence for letting Walter Cunningham being on the jury is because Atticus believes the lynch mob left with respect for the Finches. Malcolm Gladwell is right that Atticus is an accommodator. Gladwell is right because Atticus never fights against institutional racism and his reasoning for taking the Tom Robinson case is wrong....   [tags: racism, lawyer, african american] 565 words
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Atticus as a Hero, in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Although they are critiqued, some people do whatever they can do to improve our society. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch proves himself to be a hero. This small-town lawyer exhibits bravery, strength, and modesty when faced with objection during Maycomb’s quarrel for justice. Without a doubt, Atticus proves that anybody can stand for what he or she believes is right. Throughout the novel, Atticus reveals his bravery. He demonstrates this quality by killing Tim Johnson, the rabid dog....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 978 words
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A Good Parent: Atticus in Lee Harper's To Kill a Mockingbird - Mrs. Alexandra, from my understanding, a good parent is one who creates a safe nurturing environment for a child to grow up in, displays characteristics of a positive role model, and is an active part of a child’s life. (Atticus, look at Scout and Jem affectionately ) Good parents provide moral guidance, sets limitations, and implements consequences for a child’s behavior. (Atticus, use a ruler and slap it in your hand looking at Scout and Jem symbolizing a Spanking as punishment) Atticus is a very effective parent to Scout and Jem....   [tags: Parents, Lee Harper, Kill A Mockingbird, reinterpr] 567 words
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Atticus Finch Role in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Some people do not know right from wrong, in, To Kill a Mockingbird we know that there was a black man accused of rape, given it is the 1930s in the South U.S, nobody will support this man, except Atticus Finch, a man that stands up for what is right. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the character Atticus Finch to show that it is important for people to stand up for what is right because otherwise justice will never have a chance to prevail. Atticus shows this when he defends Tom, teaches Jem after the trial, and Atticus teaches Scout about the way she acts towards others....   [tags: right, stand up, justice] 581 words
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Atticus Finch: More Than an Average Man - A man walks through a village, helping his neighbors, listening to people of other social classes, paying attention to the slightest need he comes across. He enters his home and helps his young daughter to read, then picks up a book himself because he has truly learned to love written language. He is not afraid to speak out about what he feels is right and influences his neighbors with his ability to speak strongly in public. He makes ethical decisions about social justice and uses his comprehensive knowledge to further his cause....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 1281 words
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The Relationship Between Atticus and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird - Initially written as a simple love story, To Kill a Mockingbird is regarded by many to be one of the finest examples of classical American literature; it is a compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving tale. This novel delves deep into the readers thoughts and paradigms, for it exposes such ingrained aspects of human behavior and consciousness - ideals/themes of innocence and experience, love and hatred, justice and racism, courage and cowardice, and many more. Nonetheless, at it's core To Kill a Mockingbird is, as the author Harper Lee puts it, a "love story, pure and simple"....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Critical Analysis] 1176 words
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The Relationship between Atticus and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird - ... However, Atticus doesn’t want Scout to be racist, but as “skin” is everywhere on the body he has no choice in using this term as Scout would only be able to relate to this. Moreover, in the 1930s racism was very common as black people were discriminated and seen as inferior beings. This had an impact on how this novel was written because Lee felt that she had to include what happened during the 1930s since she thought that she had to make people aware of the situation and the easiest way to get the message across to the nation was in a form of a narrative....   [tags: Harper Lee novel, character analysis] 3076 words
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Atticus Finch: Killing Two Mockingbirds with One Stone - A tragic story, yet an epic journey; Atticus Finch’s paradoxical story of discrimination and ethical choices unfolds through a case of alleged rape. Atticus, a widowed father of two and a distinguished lawyer, attempts to restore peace and justice in Maycomb, Alabama. Characterized by notable compassion and integrity, he arduously defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of the rape of a young, white woman. Alongside Atticus, Robinson struggles through the hardships of the prejudice of living the life as a minority....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - The state of Alabama in the 1930's was a place filled with racial discrimination and poverty. Atticus Finch was a lawyer of that time. He has two children and a hired house worker. Atticus believes that racial discrimination is wrong and tries to treat every individual equally in reference to his parenting skills. He also tries to alter the distorted perception of the community. Although he is a positive role model for his children, ho too has his strengths and weaknesses. In Maycomb, Atticus Finch is a strong figure who firmly believes in equal rights for all men and women....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 1027 words
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Hero, Mind Reader, Philosopher, Father: Atticus Finch - Atticus Finch is a very outstanding man, especially for someone in that time and place. In the novel To Kill Mockingbird by Harper Lee, he represents the moral backbone of a county where morality is often tossed aside as if it doesn’t matter. Atticus is one of the few people there who actually think it matters, and isn’t afraid to show it. Unfortunately, very little people actually see the greatness within him, and instead consider him a traitor, rather than a man of revolution and change for the better of Maycomb County....   [tags: To Kill Mockingbird, Harper Lee, ]
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Atticus As A Model Parent - In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee suggests that Atticus is a model parent. Atticus gives guidance to Jem and Scout, and he treats them with fairness and honesty. He tries to bring them up as best he can as a single parent. Atticus is always guiding Jem and Scout with advice so that they will become more compassionate people. Atticus sets a good example for the children when Mr Ewell confronts him. Even though he is provoked and insulted, Atticus simply has a “peaceful reaction”. This shows the children never to get into fights with people when they are upset about something....   [tags: essays research papers] 482 words
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Atticus' Role as a Father - Comment on Atticus' role as a father. How does he behave towards his children and what advice does he give them. Throughout the book, Atticus can be seen as the epitome of moral character, he lives by his ethics and in doing so teaches his children and the town alike how to stand up for one's beliefs; this is particularly evident when he takes on the Tom Robinson case. Atticus has a close relationship with his children, probably reinforced by his being their only parent. He treats his children like equals, this is apparent from the beginning, especially as they call him Atticus and not father....   [tags: English Literature] 1536 words
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Comparing and Contrasting between Atticus Finch and Baptista Minola - An ideal father would be able to solve problems properly, support their children's thoughts, consider their feelings and treat all their children equally. In particular, Atticus Finch of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee proves himself to be the perfect example of a better father in contrast of Baptista Minola from "Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare.Although both fathers want a stable future for their children, Atticus Finch's teachings are considered more valuable by treating his children equally, and setting good examples such as promoting equality, and to not become prejudice....   [tags: To kill a mockingbird, harper lee]
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Atticus the Hero in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Martin Luther King and Gandhi are one of the few people who changed society, and stood on their own. They were individuals who didn’t worry what other people thought. They decided to bring a change in the society. King and Gandhi fought for their own rights and freedom. Lots of people get influenced by a person and make him as a leader, So he can do all the work for them while others were lazy. So this shows that a person can change a society. In “To kill a mocking bird” by Harper lee, in the county of Macomb, Atticus a lawyer defending a black man at that point of the time is changing the society....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, heroesw,] 928 words
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Positive Aspects of Atticus Finch - In the past century, there have been many great novels written. One of which is Harper Lee's, 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. In the novel it introduces a prominent character who not only was a good father but also a well respected, and compassionate man. This person is Atticus Finch. Through all the struggles and pressures, he stands strong as a very positive father figure, making sure to educate his children with important values including equality, bravery, and knowledge. Regardless of one?s race or colour, Atticus has a fair attitude towards all people....   [tags: essays research papers] 832 words
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Personality of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Throughout the story To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch portrays many characteristics, but there was one that stood out in particular; Courage. Most people would agree that is his primary trait due to how he acted and reacted in certain situations, such as; when he shot the rabid dog, his decision to defend Tom Robinson and lastly, when he was approached by a mob of men in front of the jail. Only a man as courageous and fearless as Atticus would have been able to shoot the dog under the circumstances he had to face....   [tags: courage, fearless, situation] 586 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus Finch - We hear it all the time. It has been said and heard everywhere; this thing is known by many and yet still abused, for it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Mockingbirds only sing for the enjoyment of others therefore it is a sin to kill them for they have done nothing to anybody yet have only made beautiful music. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird (TKM) by Harper Lee Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are all metaphorically mockingbirds because they all were falsely accused of doing the right thing at the wrong time....   [tags: integrity, tom, boo]
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Atticus in Harper Lee´s To Kill a Mockingbird - ... One point that is brought up in the book is understanding racism. This is an issue because Atticus as a white man is defending Tom Robinson a black man who is accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Violet Ewell, Bob Ewell daughter which as expected their white. If this was to take place in the north no one would really care, but they live in the south where people still believed in segregation from blacks, and for a black man to challenge a white man in court, meant that they would probably lose their case because of prejudice against their race and color....   [tags: Racism, Segregation]
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Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - In to Kill a Mockingbird, Jeremy Atticus Finch, also known as Jem, a small town boy begins as an ignorant, intolerable, naïve, and gullible young boy who has no perspective or interest in the world around him. Jem begins to go through a change of state and mind, which will affect in all aspects of the human world. The story takes place in 1933, the depth of the great depression. As Scout, Jem’s sister describes, “there is nothing to buy and no money to buy things with.” Scout and Jem live in the town of Maycomb, Alabama, a town of prejudice, poverty, and of troubled citizens....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 1087 words
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Atticus: A Character Sketch - Atticus: A Character Sketch Atticus is an honourable and well respected man. As a high-class lawyer and loving father to two children, Scout and Jem, he sets good examples and gives perceptive moral judgements. Set in the Alabama town of Maycomb during the 1930¡¯s, Harper Lee¡¯s ¡°To Kill a Mockingbird¡± deeply portrays Atticus¡¯s character, illustrating him as a concise and benevolent being. Harper has created him from the base of her imagination, yet his fullness is as great and complete as a living human being....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 846 words
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Atticus Finch - Atticus Finch Character Analysis on Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Atticus Finch, a character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, must keep this quote in his mind day by day. Atticus is a lawyer who was born and raised in Maycomb County. He still lives there with his children, Jeremy (also known as Jem) and Jean Louise (also known as Scout). His sister Alexandra lives with him, and a Negro cook named Calpurnia comes to his house everyday....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 780 words
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Is Atticus a Good Father in To Kill a Mockingbird? - Consider Atticus’ role as a parent in To Kill a Mockingbird Is he a good father, in your opinion. You should refer closely to the text in your answer. Is Atticus a good father. Atticus lived in Maycomb County, Alabama where he brought up his two children, Jeremy (Jem) and Jean-Louise (Scout) alone as his wife passed away when Scout was little. Maycomb County is inherently racist and consists of many prejudiced people. Most of the county called black people ‘niggers’, but to Atticus everyone is an equal....   [tags: English Literature] 994 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird - The Character of Atticus Finch - To Kill a Mockingbird - The Character of Atticus Finch Kind and understanding, strict but fair, Atticus Finch embodies everything that a father should be. A man of great strength and courage, he is Scout and Jem's hero; the steady presence that keeps them grounded and their only connection to the adult world. He is their teacher, their protector, and their friend. He takes on these responsibilities without hesitation, and cares far Scout and Jem the only way he knows how. Some say it's a misguided effort at parenthood, but the reader sees that Atticus' episodes with his children are what make him an exemplary father....   [tags: Kill Mockingbird essays] 564 words
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Atticus Finch Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in the year of 1960, and is one of the few American classic novels awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The racism that is prevalent in many southern American towns in the 1930s is brought to life with profound imagery in To Kill a Mockingbird. There are several characters in the book, yet the true main character is the narrator's father, Atticus Finch. He is a man of great integrity and intelligence. A very heroic figure in more ways than one, Atticus possesses traits like being principled, determined, and, more importantly, he teaches others....   [tags: ] 1356 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird Essays - Atticus Finch - Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, Harper Lee's, To Kill a Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior, to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, and the struggle between blacks and whites. Atticus Finch, a lawyer and single parent in a small southern town in the 1930's, is appointed by the local judge to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, who is accused of raping a white woman. Friends and neighbors object when Atticus puts up a strong and spirited defense on behalf of the accused black man....   [tags: Kill Mockingbird essays] 1095 words
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Atticus from To Kill a Mocking bird - The definition of a good father is as individual as the individuals involved themselves. A good father is able to support his children’s strengths, along with being able to help them overcome their weaknesses. He is able to do this without appearing to be a know-it-all. The ability to show by example how to live life, while not being afraid to make mistakes and not to be perfect all the time are also very important characteristic. Atticus was by that definition a very good father. Whenever Scout was mislead by anything, like the legend of Boo Radley or about how grown ups are, or why certain people feel prejudiced about certain people, Atticus was always right there to guide her....   [tags: a good father] 553 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Atticus knows though that Tom is innocent and deserves to have a fair trial. “Link, that boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going until the truth’s told” (Lee 146) . Atticus demands justice no matter who it is or what they’ve been accused of. He understands what needs to be done to give those who have been wrongly accused an honest hearing. Aside from believing in justice Atticus is also very wise. He understands things that the children could never get. He views situations from a different perspective than the rest of the community....   [tags: character analysis, Atticus Finch] 675 words
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Racism in To Kill a Mockinbird by Harper Lee - ... Atticus looks at the situation in a positive way and sees Bob Ewell as taking his anger out on him rather than Mayella. Even after Atticus lost the Tom Robinson case he was saying how there are still several more cases and that he will try to prove Tom innocent. Atticus always proves to be optimistic toward situations benefiting others and setting good examples in the novel as well as being wise and intelligent. Atticus presents himself to be wise and intelligent in the novel helping out several other characters including his own kids Scout and Jem....   [tags: rosa parks, atticus finch]
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Exploring Atticus as a Parent in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird - “What makes a good parent?” This is a very commonly asked question. There are many different parenting techniques, but which one is the best. There is not a right or wrong answer to this question, but there is a good and better. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, two fatherly figures are displayed, Atticus Finch, and Bob Ewell. Atticus Finch is a single father raising two children in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus works as a lawyer believing in equal justice for all Americans regardless of race or religion....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 656 words
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Analysis of the Novel To Kill A Mockingbird - To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee. To Kill A Mockingbird takes place in Alabama, and is narrator by the main character, a little girl named Jean Louise ‘’Scout Finch’’. Her father Atticus Finch is a Lawyer with high moral standards. Scout her brother Jem, and their friend Dill are intrigued by the local rumors about a man named Boo Radley, who lives in their neighborhood but never leaves his house. Dill is from Mississippi, but spends his summer in May comb at a house near the Finch's....   [tags: harper lee, mockingbird, atticus] 787 words
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Character Analysis on Atticus Finch in Harper Lee´s To Kill a Mockingbird - ... This respect the respect earned by him being a justice believer. (Harneet Dhindsa`zz Paragraph) In the 1930's there were there were two types of lawyers, some that were real nasty and accepted bargains, but some were like Atticus Finch. When Atticus had taken the case of Tom Robinson, he had proven that he believes that justice should prevail. "I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system – that is no ideal to me, it's the living, working reality....   [tags: vauled, community, justice, hero] 712 words
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Courage Demonstrated by Atticus, Boo and Scout in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, is a moving story about courage set against the prejudice in a small, Alabama town. Atticus tells his children that courage is standing up for what you believe in, even if you know you will lose. Atticus, Boo, and Scout show courage through standing up for what they believe in, even if they might lose by doing so. When Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson, he knows he will most likely lose the first trial. His friends and colleagues will talk behind his back for defending a black man under a capitol defense....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 566 words
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Courage by Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird, Antigone and Rosa Parks - ... In addition, when Scout, Jem, and Atticus talk about this one-sided case and the prejudices involved, Atticus simply states, "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try and won" (76). The best thing anyone can do in a situation is to give it their best shot. Atticus's strong sense of morality and justice motivates him to defend Tom Robinson with determination, and giving it all he has got. Furthermore, when Atticus speaks about his case and how it will affect him personally, he remarks, “No matter what anybody says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat” (76)....   [tags: Brave, Fear]
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Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you.”’ (Lee 24) Atticus tries real hard to explain racism to Scout and tries to teach her about equality and treating everyone with respect. Another instance this is shown in is that even though Calpurnia is black she is a member of the family, she is almost like a substitute mother. She is a hired worker and part of the family, which Atticus tries explaining to his sister. "Alexandra, Calpurnia's not leaving this house ... until she wants to....   [tags: tom robinson, atticus finch]
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Atticus stood before me like a huge pillar of strength and comfort. I looked at the necklace that looked like an owl claw he was wearing and shook my head. “You must be insane. Did you hit your head?” I whispered. He understood my confusion and smiled slowly. “It’s a lot to take in and I’m quite disappointed that your family didn’t explain any of this to you sooner. However, I’m assuming that you can feel the necklace that you’re wearing warming up the closer I come. And I can see that it changes colors as well....   [tags: Atticus, character analysis] 1194 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Haper Lee, A Brief Summary - ... Mr. Gilmer: He was the prosecuting attorney at the trial. Mayella Violet Ewell: She accuses Tom Robinson of raping her, and takes him to trial. Bob Ewell: He is an irresponsible and disgraceful father of a brood of children, who receives welfare checks and uses them for alcohol and such. This decent sized book To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in a very small town with many people and multiple familys. It mainly follows a family of three.The family consists of two children Scout, whose real name is Jean Louise Finch, Jem also called jeremy finch and then the father of bolth of them....   [tags: maycomb, alabama, atticus finch] 538 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Harper Lee is an American novelist that was born in Monroeville, Alabama in 1926. She was born to her mother, Frances, who was a homemaker and her father, Amasa, who was a former newspaper editor and proprietor that also practiced law and served in the Alabama State Legislature from 1926 to 1938. Harper Lee was the youngest of four children. She was a tomboy and an advanced reader as a child. Her best friend was her schoolmate and neighbor, Truman Capote. She went to the Monroe County High School, and it was at this location that she found her love for literature....   [tags: american novelist, Atticus Finch]
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To Kill Human Inequality: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... This shows that Dolphus Raymond gets to drink Coca-Cola everyday just to fool the people of Maycomb County into thinking he is drinking alcohol because of his life choices, and who doesn’t love Coca-Cola. At the same time, Mayella Ewell also has the advantage of being white. In chapter 21, the entire town of Maycomb is at the courthouse to see with their own eyes the case against Tom Robinson. Mayella Ewell is accusing Tom of rape, when in fact he did not rape Mayella, Bob Ewell, her father did....   [tags: atticus finch, maycomb county] 665 words
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Similarities Between To Kill a Mockinbir by Lee Harper and Atticus by Ron Hansen - ... He was discriminated, blamed for what he did not done, just because he did not abide by the status quo. Tom Robinson is just like a mockingbird, he did not do one thing wrong. They "don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us." All he did was to provide help to the residents he encounters. He helped Mayella with chores and chopped up the chifforobe for her without even asking for anything in return....   [tags: innocence, mayela, tom robinson] 681 words
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Moral Dilemma of Atticus in To Kill A Mocking Bird - In Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mockingbird the protagonist Scout face offenses by others because of her father's justice for defending an African American in court. Scout Finch lives with her brother Jem, and their father Atticus, in the sleepy town of Maycomb during the Great Depression. As Atticus, the father of the protagonist faces the moral dilemma in chapter 29-30 of the incident with Bob Ewell. Atticus moral dilemma will reveal his character and his beliefs. Bob Ewell attempted to hurt Atticus children in order to get revenge on Atticus for defending the African American who was accused of raping his daughter in court....   [tags: essays research papers] 878 words
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Atticus Finch's Statement on Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird - “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, …until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” Atticus’ statement on prejudice and racism characterises his moral integrity and his empathetic nature. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch is depicted as the complete opposite of what people would perceive to be a stereotypical southern man living in the Deep South during the 1930s. Contrary to the majority of his fellow townspeople of Maycomb, Atticus is a man of great virtue and moral strength....   [tags: essays research papers] 1002 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - ... His two children, Scout and Jem, also feel the hatred of others against them because of what their father's beliefs are. "But Mrs. Dubose held us: "'Not only a Finch waiting tables, but one in the courthouse lawing for n--words' ... 'Your father's no better than the n--words and trash he works for.'" (Lee, 135) Although Atticus is often criticized for what he believes to be a right decision, he bravely ignores it when others disapprove of his action. Another example of when Atticus defends his decision with Tom Robinson’s case is when his sister, Aunt Alexandra, is criticizing his choice to defend a black man....   [tags: courage, Atticus Finch, character analysis] 865 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Also, he teaches them how they have to believe their opinion but not someone else's. For example, Scout doesn't understand that people don't have to fight to solve problems. However she's very reckless. Fortunately, Atticus shows Scout how to get over what’s going on in life. Along with trying to let them see how other people are living, how their life is difficult, and how they deal with cases before even thinking of it. Besides, Jem wants to learn to be a real man, a strong man, a gentleman just like his father....   [tags: story and character analysis, Atticus Finch] 647 words
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Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Her own words helped her to sort out her own beliefs; of equality, and fairness by reminding him (or rather them) of the morally sound way her, and her family act. Jean Louise acted with courage, and that helped in the building of her integrity. Jem constructs his morality on the foundation of courage. In the start of the book, Jeremy Atticus Finch views courage as acts of gambling. For example; Scout, Jem, and Dill see touching the side of a house, of which a supposedly dangerous person is kept (which Jem did), as an act of courage....   [tags: atticus finch, racism, unfair statements] 717 words
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How Atticus Tells Scout about Unjust, Prejudiced Courts in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - The court systems had many flaws and injustices toward African Americans in the 1930’s. This story takes place in Maycomb County in the midst of the depression. In the first half of the book Atticus gets the Tom Robinson case and Dill, Jem, and Scout are extremely fascinated with Boo Radley. In the second half Harper Lee shows the true color of Maycomb through the case of Tom Robinson. All of this is told from Scouts perspective. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, Atticus Finches influences on his daughter Scout is made clear through the importance he places on education, the admiral ways he practices law, and through his effective interactions with Maycombs residents...   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 671 words
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Moral Innocence in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Children from Jem and Scout’s school also began criticizing Atticus. Their cruel statements not only describe to us that Atticus indeed is a “Mockingbird” but also displays to us that many citizens in Maycomb have lost respect for him. Their loss of respect in him has resulted in people accusing him of being a “Nigger Lover”. Cecil Jacobs said, “My folks said your daddy was a disgrace an' that nigger oughta hang from the water-tank!” This statement from Cecil Jacobs is a perfect example of the mistreatment Atticus undergoes after taking his position on defending Tom Robinson....   [tags: moral values, Atticus Finch, Robinson and Arthur] 875 words
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