Atticus Life In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In every great novel there has to be a family man with a big heart; in this novel Atticus is the family man. Atticus is a widow with two kids, Jem and Scout. He is one of the best lawyers in Maycomb county, and throughout the book has a difficult case. In Harper Lee’s exquisite novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is characterized as strong willed, dependable, and a gentleman. Atticus is a very strong willed man in this book, because when he believed in something, he did it even if he knew he wouldn’t have a very good chance at succeeding. Atticus was dealing with a very tough case at work. It was about a white female accusing a black man of rape. The black man clearly couldn’t have raped and beat her because he was a cripple in his left hand, therefore couldn’t have done that with one hand.. Scout asked her father why he took this case if he knew he was going to lose and he said, “‘Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win’”(Lee 76). This quote shows us that even though they had almost no chance of winning, because it was unheard of to take a black man’s…show more content…
One day during the summer a dog, Tim Johnson, was walking down the road in a weird manner as if he was a mad dog so Calpurnia, Atticus’s housekeeper, called the sheriff to come and shoot the dog. When Sheriff Heck Tate arrived he said to atticus, “‘Take him, Mr. Finch.’ Mr. Tate handed the rifle to Atticus” (Lee 95). When the sheriff handed Atticus the gun and let him kill the mad dog it showed a lot of trust. Another time the sheriff showed his trust towards Atticus was when he left Atticus in charge of guarding Tom Robinson. A gang of men showed up to kill Tom at the jail but Atticus wouldn't let them see him. Some would have let the gang kill Tom because then they wouldn’t have to defend his case, but Mr. Tate knew Atticus cared too
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