"To Kill A Mockingbird" By Harper Lee: Character Description Atticus

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Through out the book 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' By Harper Lee, Atticus is a very moral individual with wise ideas and strong opinions. He is the father of Jem and Scout. Atticus is a local, home town lawyer who had just recently been asked to defend an African American from rape charges. Tom Robinson was charged with raping a white woman whose family would be conveniently described as 'Trailer Trash'. No one else would defend Tom because the white community believed that even 'Trailer Trash' was above the black man. Racism is evident here at its worst.Atticus was both father and mother to Jem and Scout. Telling them the rights and wrongs in life. As the film is set during the Depression the lifestyle for these simple country people would have been difficult but uncomplicated as they went about their everyday activities. Atticus was quiet, firm and never raised his voice at the children. By having such strong convictions about right and wrong he was great role model and his kids would always look up to him for guidance and love.Atticus: "This case, Tom Robinson's case, is something that goes to the essence of a man's conscience-Scout; I couldn't go to church and worship God if I didn't try to help that man."As a result of Atticus taking on the case of defending Tom Robinson he was held in great esteem by the black community. I remember the part in the book where Atticus had lost the case and Tom Robinson was found guilty. The Reverend of the local Negro church put his arm around scout and told her to stand up out of respect as her father was leaving the court room.Reverend Sykes: "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."Atticus believed that all people were equal and everybody should be treated with respect.Atticus: "As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me...

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