Atticus Finch In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch is a lawyer in the town of Maycomb In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, he is a father of two children, Jem and Scout Finch. He is a man of wise character and considerate soul. He knows his morals and tries to help his children grow up to be successful and happy. Throughout the novel, Atticus acts justly, loves tenderly, and walks humbly by the way he perceives the people in his life, how he succeeds in his job and treats his family.
Firstly, Atticus Finch acts justly, fairly, and always helps others who need it. One of his clients, Mr. Cunningham, pays Atticus in entailment. Scout asks her brother, Jem what the meaning of paying in entailment is, “Jem described it as a condition of having your tail in a crack … one morning Jem and I found a load of stovewood in the back yard … Mr. Cunningham had more than paid him” (Lee 20-21). Atticus believes that no one should get any disadvantages because of one’s lower financial state. He shows justice by allowing Mr. Cunningham to pay him in different sources other than money. Also, Atticus is a very wise man. He talks to his daughter with full empathy and understanding to try and help her. When Scout is complaining about her teacher’s attitude towards her, Atticus gives her great advice that, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his shoes and walk around it” (30). He is teaching Scout to be just. He tells her to look at things from a different perspective and notice the difference from hers to someone else’s. Similarly, Atticus who is a white lawyer takes on a case of a black man, Tom Robinson. Therefore, Scout is made fun of for having her father defend a black man at school. Atticus justifies himself by telling her, “If I didn’t, I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (75). Atticus feels that it is in his duty to fulfill his job by helping the man he knows and believes is innocent. He is acting justly by defending any person no matter the colour of their skin and to him, everyone is equal. Thus, Atticus Finch acts justly through compromise, fairness and belief in equality.
Secondly, Atticus gives his all to the ones he loves and proves it as much as he can. Aunt Alexandra, Atticus’ sister does not like that Calpurnia, the Finch’s black house keeper is a mother figure to his children Jem and Scout. She tells Atticus to let go of Calpurnia, yet he replies by saying “ I couldn’t have got along without her all these years. She’s a faithful member to this family . . . we still need Cal as much as we ever did” (137). He does not let Calpurnia go because to him, she is family, and she is a huge help in raising his children. To her, he is very faithful, gentle, and kind. He is also a father that loves his children, he sets a great example when he is showing Jem and...

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