Atticus Finch Selfless

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Atticus Finch is a brilliant character who takes a huge stand in Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ The book is based in the 1930’s from a little girl named Jean Louise’s point of view, though people call her Scout. The section of the book being discussed is her father Atticus taking a stand and defending a Negro man named Tom Robinson against the white trash Ewell family. It makes sense for him to take this stand for more reasons than one. It makes sense because of this man’s brave, selfless character. In chapter one it is said that Atticus paid for his brothers education for medical school. “For several years thereafter he invested his earnings in his brother’s education.” Pg, 5. This reflects his selflessness, most people wouldn’t do that. Especially in this setting and time period. In chapter 15, Atticus leaves the house late at night to keep Tom Robinson safe from the mob made up of the people of Maycomb. ““I’m going out for a while,” he said. “You folks’ll be in bed when I come back so I’ll say goodnight now.” With that, he put his hat on, and went out the back door.”Pg.198. …show more content…

When Scout started asking Atticus about the Tom Robinson case, Atticus says something minor and often overlooked. ““ Do you defend nig*ers, Atticus?” I asked him that evening. “Of course I do, don’t say nig*er, Scout. That’s common.””Pg.99. Atticus doesn’t see the need to divide Negroes from white people. In his eyes they are to be treated equally. In chapter 9, Atticus says something that is major to the theme of the book, and on how people should be treated equal. “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”Pg.101. Just because the world is and has been accustomed to one race or one color doesn’t mean Atticus has to be. The want for equality this man has can be seen here as another reason to defend

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