Atticus Finch of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Atticus Finch of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

In the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird", by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is a most compelling character. Atticus grew up on a cotton farm and eventually became a defence lawyer. He is the voice of reason in the town of Maycomb and many of the people in the county are his clients. He served four years in the state legislature. He has two children, Scout and Jem, and his wife died when Scout was only two.He is self-educated, and tries to encourage his children to have a love of learning and enjoy literature as much as he does. Atticus is nearly fifty and wears glasses because his left eye is nearly blind. His strong sense of justice, sympathy, ability to
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It seems as though Scout learns so much more from her father than she does from anywhere else. Atticus teaches Scout important things that she does not acquire from school, such as social skills and basic information about life. Scout listens carefully to Atticus, which shows she has much admiration for him, and that she values his advice.

When Atticus' children misbehave, he uses good parenting skills to teach them right from wrong. For example, when Atticus catches Jem, Scout and Dill role-playing out Boo Radley's life he says to them,

'So that's what you were doing, wasn't it?' 'Makin' fun of him?' 'No," said Atticus, "Putting his life's history on display for the edification of the neighbourhood.' Jem seemed to swell a little. 'I didn't say we were doin' that, I didn't say it!' Atticus grinned dryly. 'You just told me,' he said. 'You stop this nonsense right now, every one of you.'"

Atticus is rarely very stern with his children. The fact that he is being stern shows that his opinions toward the Radleys differ from the children's opinions. This leads to the conclusion that in Atticus' eyes the Radley's are not bad people. This creates tension in the novel because of the different views
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