Atticus Finch Fair Or Fair To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a book written by Harper Lee. The time is set in the 1930s, and the story surrounds a family of three and the small town of Maycomb. Atticus Finch is a father and a lawyer who goes through an exhausting court case. The novel comes from his daughter, Scout’s, point of view. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee shows Atticus as a consistent, fair, and honest person to help represent the theme of equality. Throughout the whole novel, Atticus shows consistency to all people, whether he is in town, at the courthouse, or at home. At one point, Scout asks him “You aren’t really a n***** lover, then, are you?” and Atticus replied, “I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody...” (Lee 124). This shows Atticus’s consistency because he treats all races the same and loves them all. Ms. Maudie, Atticus’s neighbor once said the following about him-”Atticus is the same man in his house as he is on the public street.” (Lee 51). Basically, Atticus has…show more content…
One instance that he showed this trait was when he gave Jem and Scout air rifles and said, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 103). Seeing mockingbirds pose no harm to humans, it is not right to kill them, and Atticus is proving his fairness by making it unacceptable to shoot them. At one point, Jem destroys some of Mrs. Dubose’s bushes after she said “Your father is no better than the n*****s and trash he works for!” (Lee 117). Atticus then told Jem “Son, I have no doubt that you’ve been annoyed by your contemporaries about me lawing for n*****s, as you say, but to do something like this to a sick old lady is inexcusable. I strongly advise you to go down and have a talk with Mrs. Dubose.” (Lee 119). This is an example of Atticus being fair because he treated the situation correctly by sending Jem to Mrs. Dubose instead of just punishing him by grounding him or another form of
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