Inspiration, Saviour and Hero: Atticus Finch
When we hear the word hero, the typical view that comes to mind is someone who fights crime and saves people from mortal dangers, but the true definition of a hero is a courageous person, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee uses memorable characters to explore Civil Rights and racism in the 1930’s; during the segregation in the Southern states of USA. The story is told through the eyes of Scout Finch. As the story continues we learn about her father, Atticus Finch, a lawyer who hopelessly tries to prove the innocence of a black man, who is unjustly accused of raping a white women. In Harper Lee’s novel, Atticus Finch is a significant character; he is an idol and inspiration in the eyes of his children, Jem and Scout Finch, a saviour in the eyes of Tom Robinson, and a courageous hero through the eyes of modern society. The main traits determining whether someone is a hero and worth of emulation, is if they are empathetic and selfless, which is the first step in every hero’s journey; it is the moment when they determine their mission. The second step is to be a catalyst for change, which is when the hero makes efforts to achieve their mission, and lastly it is to be courageous and have qualities and traits that separate them from others in their society.
Atticus Finch shows many heroic traits through the course of the novel; he is empathetic and acts for the greater good,