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Character Traits of Atticus Finch
Transcript of Character Traits of Atticus Finch
Atticus Finch demonstrates the traits and qualities of a decent, respecting man and he is a role model not only to his children but also to people who have read the book.
Well-mannered and Civil
Atticus Finch is very well mannered and civil. He keeps to himself, doesn't get into other people's business, and always in a suit.
possessing or characterized by courage; brave
Morality - conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct.
Atticus accepts Tom Robinson's case even though he knows he will lose because he believes everyone deserves a fair chance
Always in a suit
"He never loosened a scrap of his clothing
until he undressed at bedtime, and to Jem and me, this was the equivalent of him
standing before us stark naked." - Narration, (206)
Recieving payments from Cunninghams
Instead of taking money from the poor Cunninghams, Atticus accepts payment in any way the Cunninghams, stovewood to hickory nuts.
Atticus proves he has morality because he has a black maid that he treats like family and expects everyone else to, especially his kids.
Atticus raises his kids not by hitting them but by remaining calm and keeps an open mind to everything. He also does not raise them as racists.
"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.” - Atticus Finch (78)
“Of course I do. Don’t say nigger, Scout. That’s common.” - Atticus Finch (77)
"One time [Atticus] said you never really know a man until you stand
in his shoes and walk around in them." - Narration, (283)
Mahatma Gandhi is a person who also demonstrates morality. He did not judge anyone for anything, and he only ever held peaceful protest, never violent.
Atticus Finch went alone to defend Tom overnight when the entire mob of people came to beat him up.
“You know what we want,” another man said. “Get aside from the door, Mr.
Finch.” - one of the mob members (153)
"With movements so swift they seemed simultaneous, Atticus’s hand yanked a balltipped
lever as he brought the gun to his shoulder." - Narration (99)
Shooting the mad dog
Atticus hadn't shot a gun in over 30 years, but he faced his fears and shot the dog because it was a risky shot, and he was the most reliable shot in Maycomb.
Defending Tom Robinson
Taking a case like this where it's a for sure loss is extremely courageous.
This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s
conscience—Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help
that man.” -Atticus (108)
Derrick Coleman is an extremely courageous person. He is the first deaf offensive player in the NFL, and he currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks.
Atticus is always in a suit, which are also his work clothes. He is consistently neat and tidy.
"Cunningham left he said, “Mr. Finch, I don’t know when I’ll ever be able to pay
“Let that be the least of your worries, Walter,” Atticus said" (20)
People like Malcom X and Martin Luther King are very civil and well mannered people, especially since they were civil rights activists