To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch

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It is a rare and beautiful thing to find someone that can stand up for what they believe in, still knowing that everyone else they know is against their ideas. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the protagonist, Atticus Finch, is a loving and just character who sees through the preconceived belief in his community that class and social position is very important by looking at everyone as an individual. He does this because of his own beliefs in equality and justice that he also tries to teach to his children. Atticus doesn’t act the way he does only for himself, but also for the people he cares most about. Atticus Finch is a loving, but understanding father. He said to his son, Jem, “There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ‘em all away from you. That’s never possible.” Children are going to grow up and learn how to be independent someday, like a baby bird when it’s leaving its nest. No parent wants to see their children go out into the world exposed to its dangers, but parents also know that they can’t always be there to protect them. Although Atticus accepts this idea, he loves his children, Scout and Jem, with all his heart. Atticus believes that everyone is equal despite their outside appearance. “You never really know a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” he said. Most people judge only from what is on the exterior instead of trying to make sense of how different people see things differently under various circumstances. No one should be distinguished by race, skin color, social class, or anything else that categorizes only a certain kind of people. Mr. Finch sees the good in everyone and respects them no matter the situation. In every sense of the word, Atticus is a fair and caring man who does nothing without good intentions and motivations.

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