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To Kill A Mocking Bird By Harper Lee

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The Modern Mind of a Trailblazing Man Rough Draft
Courage is something that lives in all of us. However, many don’t use the virtue. Many let the aspect of fear obstruct with being brave and courageous. However throughout the novel, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Atticus Finch dares to travel ‘the road not taken,’ and has a mind of a modern man living through the Great Depression. Atticus is a treasured lawyer in the novel and is an inspirational role model for his kids and many others in Maycomb County. Atticus is seen taking the road not taken by others; when he is defending Tom Robinson, thus proving that he puts others before himself and most importantly when he uses teaching methods and values ...view middle of the document...

Atticus being the brave, compassionate and pacifistic person he is tries to find every way to prove Tom’s innocent as he knows how dishonest and fraudulent Mayella is. He never gave up at any stage in the novel, he even went to visit Tom Robinson at the jail without Heck Tate the town’s local sheriff. Atticus strongly held convictions, wisdom, and empathy as he was fighting the case. Atticus does an unusual thing by defending a black man in a society full of white people but only to be able to stand with dignity among the people of Maycomb County.
Atticus consistently shows kindness in the novel by always being emphatic and putting others before himself. Atticus loves to help others since he is a well known lawyer in Maycomb County but there was one thing he could not tolerate; ignorance towards colored people or disrespect. He would do every possible thing to see someone contented. Atticus said ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view,’ (pg. 33) By saying this he means that you should never judge the person until you step in their shoes and live life through their eyes; looking at things from their point of view. Thus showing how empathic and understandable Atticus is. Being this type of person during the Great Depression was uncommon; however, Atticus does not see it as that. He has helped the entire county of Maycomb with something; he did not disgrace the Cunningham’s because they were poor instead he asked how his farm was going so he, Walter, could speak as an expert since he hadn’t attended school. Atticus also believes ‘if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that's something I'll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody, and I'd rather it be me than that household of children out there,’ (pg. 292) this shows great sympathy and how Atticus would rather see himself getting insulted rather than the Ewell’s daughter, Mayella who is he fighting against in the Tom Robinson case. Atticus does all of this with nothing in return, his intentions are to only help his fellow citizens in the county. A widower with a dry sense of humor, Atticus has instilled in his children his strong sense of morality, justice and is been a great role model for his children. Hence, it’s fair to say that Atticus puts others ideas, beliefs, morals and dignity before his.

Atticus’ teaching methods are extremely different to what a usual kid would get back in 1930s. Atticus was not a quintessential father, he is indeed known as boring or old...

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