Atticus Finch In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Atticus Finches actions may have been confusing and controversial, but he managed to be loved by many and respected by all. This character is a major part in the book because he contributes to the community and raises Jem and Scout. Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a hero because he is calm when dealing with irrational people, intellectual when dealing with the court case, and compassionate when dealing with his children and the community. Showing calmness is a trait that Atticus has throughout the entire book. My favorite example is when Atticus wipes his face and says, “I wish Bob Ewell wouldn’t chew tobacco,” (Lee 217) after Bob spits on him. These actions show that Atticus is calm and thinks before he acts. Another example that Atticus sets is when Mayella makes up what she is going to say at the court case. Mayella makes up her mind when telling what happened and Atticus says, “You’re becoming suddenly clear on this point.” (Lee 187) I think that I would have been angered by her saying that, but Atticus is calm and continues on with the court case.…show more content…
During the court case Atticus ask Tom, “You were both convicted?” (Lee 190) showing that Tom had nothing to hide from the jury. Knowing what the reaction of the jury would be, shows great intelligence and experience. Jem and Scout help to contribute to the intelligence of Atticus, like when Scout forgets her money. “Oh Jem. I forgot my money,” Scout sighed. “Atticus didn’t,” said Jem. (Lee 256) When Scout forgets her money Atticus has already planned ahead and gave Jem extra, showing that Atticus is intelligent and that he knows his
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