Examine How Lee Presents the Character of Atticus in to Kill a Mockingbird

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Throughout the novel, Atticus plays a central role in all of the major events, constituting as the moral backbone of the Maycomb society and the voice of reason for the oppressed. Lee writes Atticus as being very unorthodox for his time, and as being the person who will help usher in moral change into the Maycomb society. Due to time of writing, it seems that Lee presents the character of Atticus in such a way to impress upon the public that, like the Maycomb community, they should also review their prejudiced views. Due to the very striking presentation of Atticus in the novel, he is one of literatures most well known characters, who has left his mark in the world of law as well. Atticus is presented by Lee as being near perfect, he has …show more content…
Any person [104] “in their right mind[] never take[s] pride in their talents” according to Miss Maudie, and Atticus is a prime example of this, when Heck goes to explain to Jem that his father is the [] “deadest shot in Maycomb county”, Atticus interrupts him, as he does not want to show off. Also, he realises that flaunting a talent so deadly is never the right thing to do. When writing about Atticus, Lee depicts a very moralistic character who always does what he ought to do, and this is always very moral; the best example of this is the fact that Atticus is the one lawyer who people like Judge Taylor [242] “trust [] to do [the] right [thing]”, and the only lawyer they believe will give a chance to Tom Robinson of being acquitted. This is because, as the public note, Atticus [169] “aims to defend [Tom]” and to put as much effort into the trial as possible. He feels that he would not have any self respect if he didn’t, and this shows how firstly he is very moral, but also how this moral lifestyle is so engrained and a part of his life, that he could not bear part with it, as it would be totally wrong from a moral point of view. Atticus, from what we can see in his actions, and according to Scout, is the [106] “bravest man” who lived. However, consistent with other parts of his life aforementioned, this bravery does not conform to Maycomb’s social expectations. Atticus [106] “hate[s] guns” and violence, and he is not very
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