A Wise And Caring Man

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Sara Zahed
Mrs. Briggs
English I Pre-AP, Period 7
October 30th, 2014

A Wise and Caring Man

Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Atticus Finch, one of the major characters in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, proves that all it takes to wipe out racism is knowledge and courage. Throughout the novel,
Atticus exhibits wisdom and intelligence, respect and recognition, and patience and tolerance. Atticus is a highly respected man in his town. He has earned that respect with his kindness and trustworthiness. For example, when Scout and Miss Maudie are talking about the things that are going on in the Radley house, Scout defends Atticus by telling Miss Maudie that
“Atticus don’t ever do anything to Jem and me in the house that he don’t do in the yard” (61).
Miss Maudie agrees with Scout and tells her that “Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets” (61). Scout, Miss Maudie, and most of people that know Atticus can agree that he is very kind and he’s not pretending to be anything he isn’t. This implies that Atticus is an appreciated individual in Maycomb. Another example is when Miss Maudie tells Scout, Jem, and Dill that “There are some men in this world who were…
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