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Atticus Finch In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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In to Kill a Mockingbird, Jeremy Atticus Finch, also known as Jem, a small town boy begins as an ignorant, intolerable, naïve, and gullible young boy who has no perspective or interest in the world around him. Jem begins to go through a change of state and mind, which will affect in all aspects of the human world. The story takes place in 1933, the depth of the great depression. As Scout, Jem’s sister describes, “there is nothing to buy and no money to buy things with.” Scout and Jem live in the town of Maycomb, Alabama, a town of prejudice, poverty, and of troubled citizens. Jem begins to battle with racism, justice, and bravery, as he experiences many live changing situations, for example the trial, which opens Jem’s eyes to see the prejudice of the world around him. Only towards the end of the novel does Jem grow out of his infantile behavior and learn to mature into a true man, where people begin to know him as “Mr.Jem.”
Jem, a not so average 1930’s boy has many prejudice, gullible, and insecure feelings and traits. Jem is a child who wants to stand out in society and gathers local information in order to become a “know-it-all.” Much of his “knowledge” comes from the local gossip girl, Ms.Stephanie their neighbor. She spreads rumors and stories that are truly negative toward the society of Maycomb. Such as Boo Radley and the many mysterious that seduce his way of life. As Jem matures so does his sister, Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout. Her main role in the novel is the narrator who describes their perilous adventures. As Jem wants to create a large figure in Scout and Dill’s minds he shares with them the rumors of Maycomb, especially those about their neighbor Boo Radley also known as the “benevolent phantom.” As the story grows so does the children’s interest in Boo. Jem describes him as “ six and a half feet tall, he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch; he had a long jagged scar across his face; his teeth were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped and he drooled most of the time.” Their adventures with Boo teach the children valuable lessons and morals about the world around them.
As Jem lives the life of a free-spirited and stress-relieved boy, his father Atticus Finch, a lawyer works day and night to proffer his children with a great life. Jem sees his father as only a workingman who is not like the others. He wore glasses, worked in an office, did not hunt, play poker or fish, and he sat in the living room and read. But one day something so extraordinary will occur that it will change the perspective that Jem and Scout have towards their father. A quintessential day so far in Maycomb, until Jem spotted a mad dog by the name of Tim Johnson, as Tim worries Maycomb Atticus is called to duty. The children never knew their father was the best shooter Maycomb ever had, and his nickname was “One-shot Finch.” When the children saw what Atticus did their minds changed from viewing him as “feeble at fifty” to an...

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