Can there exist an extremely moral, dedicated lawyer and single father who argued against racism in the South during the Great Depression yet still remain well respected? The one and only, Atticus Finch. Atticus is one of the most inspiring and iconic characters in American literature. He appears in To Kill A Mockingbird, a novel masterpiece written by Harper Lee.
Throughout the novel, Atticus Finch, raises his children, excels at his job, and perceives people in his life morally , humbly, and with compassion.To begin with, despite being the only adult his children have, Atticus’ parenting style is unique and effective. Scout proudly states: ” Jem and I found our father satisfactory: he played with us,read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment.” He is not impatient with his children and does not need to be strict with them. This allows Atticus to be very close to his children and vice versa.
Atticus also stresses the importance of good education and literacy to his children, even when he simply talks to them: ” ‘I’m afraid our activities would be received with considerable disapprobation by the more learned authorities.’ Jem and I were accustomed to our father’s last-will-and-testament diction, and were at all times free to interrupt Atticus for a translation …” This quote also shows that Atticus speaks to his children as if they are grown adults and feels he’s obliged to treat his respectfully to expect them to respect him. However, Atticus also teaches his children important life lessons whenever he can in order to conduct themselves morally, like when Mrs.
Dubose dies : “I wanted you to see what real courage is…it’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through, no matter what”. Clearly, Atticus serves as an excellent role model and teacher to his children, and he lives accordingly to the life lessons he teaches, which gains him respect from his children and the community.In addition to being a good father, as lawyer, Atticus Finch serves as a role model for anyone that has a job in the justice department at his time and in the present. Atticus adeptly deduces that out that Bob Ewell is lying.
He then explains to the jury in an articulate manner there although there probably are a few black men who may commit this crime, but this can apply to men of any race: “this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men” . He does not let his emotions of dislike for men like Bob Ewell take over his ability to talk to him, Mr. Gilmer, or the jury respectfully (as expected of Atticus) and patiently. Miss Maude states that “Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets” (or in the courtroom).
In his impartial mind, it seems obvious that the case sparked due to racial hatred. Atticus, just as he would have lectured his children, points this out to the entirety of the courtroom. Certainly, just as much as a lawyer or in his personal life, Atticus is focused on justice, which is essential for any judge or lawyer even in modern day society. A final way that Atticus demonstrates benevolence and gives moral treatment of people is in his community. The amiable manner in which he tries to perceive everyone throughout the streets of Maycomb despite their differences can be summarized in this quote: “I do my best to love everybody”. This cannot be more fitting than to the fact that he is one of the only adults in Maycomb who treats Negroes as his equal rather than subordinate. The negroes of Maycomb in turn show how they feel about Atticus’s respect and steadfastness to defend Tom Robinson : “The kitchen table was loaded with enough food to bury the family Calpurnia said, “The kitchen table was loaded witth food..
.This was all ’round the back steps when I got here this morning. They—they ‘preciate what you did, Mr. Finch. They—they aren’t oversteppin’ themselves, are they?” Atticus’s eyes filled with tears.
” Even during during the Great Depression, poor Black families, a suppressed group in Maycomb society, supplied Atticus with food-the only gift they could give. However, Atticus’ willingness to see the best in people in his community is also a flaw. Atticus trusted the lynch mob that Mr. Cunningham was a part of not to lynch Tom Robinson. In addition, Atticus underestimates Bob Ewell’s promise of revenge. This eventually threatened his children’s lives. Although Atticus possess a flaw (that sprouts from a moral trait), it is greatly outweighed by the countless ways in which he naturally demonstrates compassion in his community.
It is not easy, but everyone who follows Atticus’s principles can be a good citizen. Undoubtedly, over the course of the entire story, Atticus exhibits love, moral, and humble values as a parent, lawyer, and citizen of Maycomb. Atticus serves as a role model to his children and his community by living true to the principles he values.
This grants him respect from many citizens in Maycomb, Black or White, and love and closeness to his children. The readers can learn many life lessons taught and demonstrated by Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird. Despite living amidst an economic depression in an area where racial segregation was prominent, Atticus pursues his ethical values and tries to be as helpful as he can. If we follow Atticus’ example in our own lives now and in the future by being brave and doing what is right even if society tells us otherwise, edification will ensue. When society is governed by people like Atticus, it will thrive.