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Character Sketch Of Atticus Finch From "To Kill A Mockingbird" By Harper Lee. Discusses His Morals And Sense Of Justice.

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"Ideals are like stars, we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our courses by them." This quote taken from Carl Schurz sums up a large portion of man's travel down life's path. Most of us spend the majority of our lives pursuing goals but few ever reach the climax of their planned accomplishment. A man's struggle to reach his person ideal is accounted in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Alabamian author Harper Lee, through a series of events circling a court case. A social drama set in the rural county of Maycomb, Alabama, relates the events surrounding a dark trial from a young girl's standpoint. The defendant, a black man wrongly accused of the raping and beating of a white woman, was not the only one put on trial; also being tried by Maycombian society is Atticus Finch, the Negro's lawyer. This trial is not one of legal matters but rather a personal one for Atticus. Throughout the novel he fights to keep on the right track en route to the stars. What appealed to myself as a reader was his undetoured course in reaching his person ideals and set of morals: his resolute refusal to yield to social pressure, his ardent sense of racial equality, and his ability to risk great sacrifice to remain true to what he believes in.Atticus has an amazing adherence to his morals; even when surrounded by general disapproval, Atticus and his principles still stand fast. Atticus tells Scout "No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat." which acutely demonstrate his indifference to public opinion. Despite the opposition of the majority of the county, despite the rank gossiping, and despite the fact that failure was imminent, Atticus Finch still did what he had to. He knew that the case could not be won, and even admitted it to both Scout and Uncle Jack, yet he still argued it because he believed it to be his moral obligation. Even the condescending attitude of his own sister would not change his mind. Atticus had said, "The one thing that does not abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." This kind of devotion to the morality of one's principles not only takes a disciplined mind but also a courageous soul, one that should be admired.Second of all, Atticus is not prejudiced; in fact, he tries to persuade others to see the light. Atticus understands that "...some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women-black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no...

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