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Human Nature: Atticus Finch Essay

691 words - 3 pages

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”-Albert Einstein
Atticus Finch is the type of man who believes full heartedly in this. He is the same with everybody no matter who they are or how poor they are. He doesn’t demand money from the poor but instead lets them pay him back over time with whatever they have. He even goes and defends a black man, Tom Robinson, even though he knows it will bring scorn from the town and his family. In the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is brave, patient, and understanding.
Atticus Finch is a brave person because no matter what people say to him he will do what he feels and knows is right. After Tom Robinson, the man Bob Ewell accused of raping his daughter Mayella, Is arrested and put into Macomb County Jail Atticus goes to the jail house to protect him from a mob. He doesn’t show how scared he is when his children barge into the middle of the mob, instead he keeps calm and sends them home. Luckily they refuse and Scout ends up stopping them just from talking to the “leader”. Later in time when Tom is found guilty of a crime he didn’t do- Bob Ewell, a crazy and mean man, walks up to Atticus and spits in his face, curses and threatens his life. The only thing Atticus said when he got home was “I wish Bob Ewell wouldn’t chew tobacco.” (Lee, 291). After that he didn’t bother talking about it again.
Atticus is always patient with people no matter their class, education, or skin color. For instance when Scout’s teacher tells her she can no longer read at home with Atticus. She comes home upset and when Atticus questions her she says she no longer wants to go to school. After a long argument on scouts behalf Atticus tells her “…If you’ll concede the necessity of going to school, we’ll go on reading every night just as we always have. Is it a...

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