Characteristics Of Atticus Finch

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Atticus Finch is unlike the rest of the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. He is the most mannered and respectful one of them, considering the behavior of the other citizens. He is a very selfless man, always doing good deeds, regardless of the opinion of the citizens. In the town of Maycomb, Atticus Finch is mentally, physically, and socially at the top of the caste system because he is white, had a higher education than the rest, and he is the top lawyer in the town. Throughout Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus raises and teaches his two children, Jem and Scout, life lessons and teaches them to be more accepting of life as they grow older and enter adulthood. Atticus Finch is illustrated with several characteristics…show more content…
Finch displays a respectful manner through his actions and sayings. He consistently does the right things to be a good example for his young children. In this novel, he displays manner through several deeds including taking the case of Tom Robinson while there are controversies about colored people throughout the town. Atticus feels that “‘he couldn’t go to church and worship God’” (139) if he didn’t try to defend Tom Robinson in the case. This proves that Atticus’s conscience wouldn’t be cleared if he didn’t try to defend Tom. He believes that all men should be treated equally in court, unlike the rest of the lawyers that would have been given to Tom, that would do anything but try to defend him because they are all racist. Atticus is well-mannered toward anyone in Maycomb, including the young. When Walter Cunningham joins Jem and Scout for lunch at their house, Atticus treats Walter like an adult by “discussing about crops neither Jem nor I [Scout] could follow” (31). Leaving Jem and Scout surprised, Atticus discusses abnormal topics to Walter because he treats every guest with respect, like a gentleman. And because he knows that the Cunninghams aren’t the richest and they are very loyal and never accept something they can’t repay and because Atticus knows that Walter spends most of his time on the farm and here, he gives him a chance to do something different for once. The most noticeable manner act of Atticus is how he responds to Bob Ewell
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