Atticus Finch - To Kill A Mockingbird


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Atticus Finch represents the rational man in
a world of highly emotional people. Atticus
is a stable and mature figure who is able to
cope with the

unreasonable and highly emotional element of
the town. He can handle the prejudiced white
masses and still deal justly with the
underprivileged Negro population. He is one
of the few people of the town who understands
the individual worth of a person regardless
of the color of skin. He is able to defend
Tom Robinson solely on the basis of justice
and does not allow the color of Tom\'s skin to
prejudice him against Tom\'s case.

It is necessary to have a man with a high and
ideal view of justice defending Tom Robinson
because even Atticus knows that the case is
hopelessly lost before he begins. He is wise
enough to know that the prejud

ices of the southern town will never allow
justice to be done, but at the same time, he
is determined that the truth be told so that
those who convict tom will be aware that they
are convicting an innocent man. Accordingly,
in the final analysis of the story, Atticus
represents the "justice" in the community of
Maycomb.

Atticus is also the spokesman of the moral
philosophy of the novel. He always teaches
his children that,"they must learn to be
compassionate and understanding of the
problems and conditions of life faced by othe

r people,"He frequently advises Scout that
she must be able to step into the shoes of
others such as Ewells, Boo Radley, and the
Cunninghams. Consequently, he will not allow
the children to torment Boo Radley and wants
Scout to try to see things from Boo\'s point
of view.

Atticus\' relationship with his children is
very important in understanding his
character. He has an outstanding
agreement,"with his children because he
treats them as mature adults and tries to
explain to them how to meet the problems that
are presented to them in an adult world. All
of Atticus\' relatives feel that he is
bringing up the children incorrectly, and
they challenge his method of handling the
children,"Uncle Jack punishes Scout without
listening to her side of the story, whereas
Atticus always gives her the opportunity to
explain her point of view."Thus, Atticus is
the voice of the reason and justice whether
he is dealing with the grim ingrained
prejudices of a southern community of whether
he is "trying to handle a minor problem of
discipline with his own children.