To Kill a Mockingbird

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English essay on To Kill a Mockingbird In 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Atticus finch is presented as a respectable well-known man. Before Atticus Finch there was a customary tradition at the Finch's landing, which has been in place since Simon Finch made it his home and died there. The customary tradition was ' the men in the family remained on Finch's landing and made their living from cotton'. In the twentieth century Atticus Finch went to Montgomery to read law and John Hale Finch, Atticus' younger brother studied medicine in Boston. Atticus later lived in Maycomb County, where he began his practice. Maycomb was only 20 miles from the Finch's landing. Atticus has a sister called Alexandra and two young children, Scout and her brother Jem. Later Jem and scout met a boy called Dill and befriend him. The three of them have a strange fascination with their neighbour, Boo Radley. The Radley's front yard always look's swept even though no one ever swept it. The children believed Mr Radley was a 'malevolent phantom', as they had never seen him before. Jem got most of his information form another neighbour, Miss Stephanie Crawford, known as the neighbour scold. Dill insisted on making Boo Radley come out, so much so that he once dared Jem to go to the door of the Radley place and back. Atticus never talked to his children about their neighbour Boo Radley and always told Jem to, 'mind their own business and let the Radley's mind theirs'. Soon after their first summer with Dill, Scout started school. On her first day Jem took her to school. She believes 'some money changed hands in the transaction'. She believes this as on the way to school she heard 'an unfamiliar jingle in Jem's pocket'. This 'transaction' s... ... middle of paper ... ...d, "yes sir I understand, Mr Tate was right". Then when asked what she meant she explained, "It'd sort of be like shootin' a mocking-bird". I think that when Atticus heard those words coming from his daughter that it made him realise that all the things he had told them actually got through. In my view Atticus is a well-respected and very honourable man who has very strong principles. He is a great father, he does not tell his children what to do he just advises them to do the right thing. The best quality he has is truthfulness to his children. This is shown when his brother tells Scout a lie about what the meaning of the word and what they want to hear. Atticus as a citizen is well mannered, composed and respected. He is a valued member of the community and a well-loved neighbour. All in all Mr Atticus Finch is a brilliant man and great family figure.
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