Atticus: The Protagonist Essay

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The story, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a story of growing up and the human dignity that unites us all, told by a 5-year-old girl who tells a three year tale of her family and her father’s job. This story may seem to be the tale of Scout Finch, but she merely narrates her father's triumphant story.
Throughout the novel, learning and growing is a key theme, but as Scout and Jem grow Atticus does also. Atticus starts out as the lawyer of Maycomb, the best one around, unlike the other children’s parents who are farmers and mostly uneducated southerners. Atticus looks at things a little bit differently than most. Later on he chooses one of the most daring things he could do, defend a ...view middle of the document...

He seems to believe it is dignity and empathy that connects people, whites to colored, male to female, and child to adult. Calpurnia is a good example of empathy, when Aunt Alexandra came to stay with them she wanted Calpurnia fired, Atticus refused because he put himself in her shoes; she needed a place to work and he needed some to help. Another example is the Cunningham’s, after Scout tried to beat up Walter, the youngest Cunningham, Jem decided it would only be kind to invite him over for dinner considering it would probably be much better than the one he would receive at home. Between Atticus and Cal she learned to see things from the other side of the story.
During the court case, Atticus defended Tom Robinson, a man convicted of sexual assault. Atticus knew he had not much of a chance of Tom Robinson making it out but he chose the case anyway. Atticus was a well respected lawyer in the town of Maycomb, it seemed pretty ironic he would take the case of a not very respected man. Scout and Jem were not only surprised but curious of why their father would do such a thing. He later explained that it was just the right thing to do. That Tom Robinson was a friend of Calpurnia’s and he was clearly innocent, and no innocent man should go to jail. So in front of basically the whole town, Atticus Finch represented Tom Robinson, a black man, showing his children what is truly right, to do things even...

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