Atticus Finch, Idealistic Hero

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What is an idealistic hero? When one thinks of this question, he or she probably thinks of fictional characters. This is mainly because characters like these are self-less and are always saving the day. Even though to save people it cost them their lives, they still risk themselves knowing that they may save one life. An idealistic hero lives in everyone, be it fictional characters or real people. A great example of an idealistic hero in a novel is Atticus Finch. In the novel; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus constantly demonstrates that his attitude on equality, his characteristics of honesty and fairness, and his determination all prove that he is an idealistic hero. Throughout the story, Atticus proves time and time again that he can see the good in everyone. A perfect example that showcases his attitude on equality is when Jem brings home Walter Cunningham because he “(drowned) (Walter’s) nose in dirt”. Atticus tells him that he must invite Walter for dinner. Walter comes from a poor family and didn’t grow up with matters. It is shown when Walter drowns his food in molasses. Scout, Jem’s sister, finds this repulsive. Everyone judges Walter except for Atticus. Instead, Atticus tries to make Walter feel welcome. Atticus tries to make Walter feel as an equal to the Finchs by talking about things like farming and agriculture. These actions prove that Atticus believes in equality. Another example of Atticus’ attitude on equality is when Aunt Alexandra comes to live with the Finchs. Aunt Alexandra is Scout and Jem’s aunt. She believes that Scout and Jem both need a feminine influence and believes that Atticus’ parenting isn’t up to par with what it should be. When Aunt Alexandra challenges his parenting, “Your father does not know how to teach,” (p.17) This quote basically

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