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Transcript of Atticus Finch
By: Natalie Miller
My Opinion on Atticus Finch
What does he look like?
Atticus Finch's Role in the Story
Atticus Finch is a lawyer in Maycomb County, Alabama and father to Jem and Scout Finch. He represents Tom Robinson, an innocent coloured man who was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. Despite the criticism from his neighbours, Finch fights his hardest for Tom, trying to create equality in his community of mainly white people. Atticus Finch is considered one of the most heroic men in American literature today.
*Scout and Jem's father
Atticus is extremely determined to prove to
the rest of Maycomb County that Tom Robinson is innocent. He also shows that he is determined when he stands up to his sister when she tells him that Calpurnia will no longer need to work for them.
Jem teaches Atticus more about standing up for yourself and what is right. Even when his father tells him to leave when he is at the jail, Jem refuses and eventually all the men leave, with Atticus and Tom Robinson still safe.
Atticus vs. Maycomb County. The citizens of Maycomb are not pleased that Atticus is representing Tom Robinson, and they make a lot of discriminatory comments towards him.
Atticus realizes while he is defending Tom Robinson that the way the citizens of Maycomb treat the coloured people that live near them is wrong. The fact that he is discriminated against just because he is defending one of them is horrible, and he knows this.
The coloured people in Maycomb respect Atticus and are more kind to him than most of his neighbours, because he is trying to prove that Tom Robinson is innocent. Atticus also treats them with the same respect, even though no one else does.
There are multiple reasons why Atticus Finch is my favourite character in this book.
3. Even- tempered
1. Scout and Atticus
3. Atticus and Jem
2. Atticus and Tom Robinson
1. Character vs. Society
Equality vs. Inequality (Racism)
Kindness vs. Cruelty
3. Character vs. Character
2. Character vs. Self
*Lawyer for Tom Robinson
*black, graying hair
"'... he was nearly fifty... besides that, he wore glasses. He was nearly blind in his left eye... '"
"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." (Movie, Atticus to Jem)
"The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again. …Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one's mine, I guess.”
"Alexandra, Calpurnia's not leaving this house until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I couldn't have got along without her all these years. She's a faithful member of this family and you'll simply have to accept things the way they are." (Lee, 137)
Atticus is courageous when he represents Tom Robinson even though he knows that everyone else in town will look down on him because of it.
"Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." (Lee, 112)
Atticus rarely gets mad at anyone. Even when Bob Ewell spits on him, he stays calm and doesn't respond with anger.
"'I wish Bob Ewell wouldn’t chew tobacco,'” was all Atticus said about it."
Even though Tom Robinson never really speaks to Atticus during the book, he unknowingly teaches Atticus to stand up for what is right regardless of what other people think.
Atticus vs. Atticus. Atticus experiences internal conflict when he is required to choose if he is going to defend Tom Robinson or not.
Atticus vs. Bob Ewell, the one who spit on him, and tried to kill his children.
1. He treats his children like adults. If they have a question, he answers it honestly, no matter what it is.
2. He never re-thinks his opinion. He always stands up for Tom Robinson, knowing that he is innocent even when people try to prove he is guilty.
3. He is not at all infected by prejudice. Atticus firmly
believes in equality, letting his kids go to church
with Calpurnia and not being affected by
Mrs. Dubose' offensive comments.
Scout influences Atticus just as much as he influences her. She teaches Atticus to understand a child's point of view, and that they really are smarter than they look.
"Francis rose and sprinted down the catwalk to the old kitchen. At a safe distance he called, "'He's nothin' but a nigger-lover!'" (Lee, 83)
"'For a number of reasons,'" said Atticus, "'The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold my head up in this town, I couldn't represent this county in legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again.'" (Lee, 75)
"According to Miss Stephanie Crawford, however, Atticus was leaving the post office when Mr. Ewell approached him, cursed him, spat on him, and threatened to kill him... Miss Stephanie said Atticus didn’t bat an eye, just took out his handkerchief and wiped his face and stood there and let Mr. Ewell call him names wild horses could not bring her to repeat." (Lee, 217)
"All around us and in the balcony and on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet. Reverend Sykes's voice was as distant as Judge Taylor's: "'Miss Jean Louise, get up, your father's passin'.'"