Essay On The Quality Of Atticus In To Kill A Mockingbird

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According to, “The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family”. The quality of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird character, Atticus, can be seen in his goal for his children to have a sense of the worth of all persons, regardless of any differences. As an intelligent and moral, influential man, Atticus greatly impacts his children's abilities to respect all human beings, which is demonstrated from the beginning of Lee's novel to the end.
In the beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout start out with ignorant ideals similar to those of Maycomb instead of Atticus’ more enlightened opinions. Consequently, Atticus is shown teaching his
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This shows how the children take into consideration the meaning of Atticus’ words, and try to apply them into real life. Being as Atticus usually speaks of morality, equality, and empathy, the children start to shed the Maycomb ideals in favor of Atticus’ moral ones.
As time goes on and the children grow older, they begin to see injustices and are frustrated with others’ wrongdoings. From here, Atticus teaches Jem and Scout by example. On the topic of why Atticus is choosing to defend Tom Robinson, Atticus says, “Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man” (Lee 139). Atticus knows the case is a lost cause, that the verdict has already been reached before the trial has even started. Because of this, he could choose not to defend Tom. However, Atticus knows he cannot live with himself if he were to abandon Tom’s case. As he explains his reasoning to Scout, of the moral consciousness of this decision, he is leaving an impression on Scout to which she would taking meaning to. In addition to this, Atticus often takes the high road. In one case, the children were frightened and appalled to hear news of Bob Ewell coming to Atticus with verbal threats and then spitting on his face. However, Atticus seemed unconcerned when he says, “Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell’s shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with” (Lee 292). This is the
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