Atticus Finch Qualities

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Atticus Finch is one of the most acclaimed fictional characters and it is easy to see why, when he exhibits such a strong sense of leadership in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. He exemplifies the qualities of a leader in his compassion and empathy, values he wishes to impress upon his children. Furthermore, he has the conviction needed by a leader as shown by his perseverance during the trial, in the face of the racism prevalent in his town. Above all, Atticus is a leader within his community, admired by his peers in Maycomb county, and called upon to serve greater causes when need be. Through these traits, Atticus shows within himself a leader that is humble, almost-reluctant, yet powerful in his moral guidance of his children and his community.…show more content…
When Scout expresses irritation because of Ms. Caroline’s harsh treatment and ignorance to the ways of Maycomb, Atticus tells her to look at her situation from the other person’s perspective. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-” “Sir?” “-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee, 39). Atticus values understanding the plights of others, even those who have wronged us, a characteristic exhibited early in the novel through his compelling words to Scout. Though the actions of Ms. Caroline and the responding reaction of Scout are inconsequential in the long run, his firm belief in empathy and understanding sets a theme that repeats in the rest of the story. This belief is upheld by his response to Scout questioning his acceptance of the names he is
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