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The Characteristics Of Lawyer Atticus Finch

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In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), Atticus Finch, the father Jem and Scout, displays perseverance and insecurity of being a father while battling through court trails in the courtroom. His dedication to love his family while battling for his defendant makes Atticus a great person. Atticus Finch is a father of two children who live in the small racist town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus has been appointed to defend a Negro, Tom Robinson. Throughout the story Atticus and his family have to battle through discrimination and hard times. After the trial Bob Ewell isn’t so happy with the verdict and turns against Atticus and his family. In the end Bob tries to kill Jem and Scout, but ends up killing himself. Atticus’ traits of integrity, open-minded, and determination are what cause him to live a family-oriented, amiable life.
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The open-mindedness of Atticus Finch makes him accepting and tolerant. He always wants to see the good side of people and is not quick to judge. Atticus lives in an important time in history where everybody is obsessed with class distinction and the skin color; however, he does not look at people that way: “ You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” (39). Atticus’ open-mindedness is displayed when he talks to Scout about Miss Caroline’s forbidding to read: " 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 bargain?" (41). The open-mindedness is also shown when he is trying to defend Tom Robinson. Even though he did not voluntarily ask to represent Tom, he recognizes that Tom needs the best defense possible; and he is willing to accept the responsibility, knowing that it may bring trouble for him and his family: "You know, I'd hoped to get through life without a case of this kind, but John Taylor [The Judge] pointed at me and said 'You're It.'... But do you think I could face my children otherwise?" (117).
Atticus’ determination drives him to pursue the freedom of his client Tom Robinson and for the protection of his children. He demonstrates these characteristics very clearly through the fact that he believes he cannot win Tom Robinson case and yet he gives his every last breath to fight for his freedom while he does not listen to any of the insults or abuse. Atticus’ determination to be a good parent is displayed as he takes the Tom Robinson case because he knows he as to do it: “’ For a number of reasons,’ said Atticus. ‘ The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this country in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you [Scout] or Jem not to do something again’”(100).
Atticus’ honesty, open-mindedness, and determination allow him to be a loving father yet equips him for battles for the life of Tom Robinson. Without these important aspects he wouldn’t be the man we know as Atticus Finch.

Works Cited

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. 1960. New York: Grand Central, 1982. Print.

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