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Atticus Finch

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Background photo by t.shigesa Atticus is first introduced as the father of Scout and Jem. Lawyer Father Townsperson Even Ms. Maudie once said that Atticus is the same behind closed doors as he is in the public streets, which is true. This shows that Atticus has a lot of integrity. Atticus treats his children as he would in the town, never hitting them, as was said earlier, but he also never shows a bias towards his own children. He treats each townsperson with respect. Atticus Finch Atticus as a Father Atticus employs an unorthodox parenting strategy. Unlike most parents at the time, Atticus never hits his children, and he also reads with his daughter, Scout, even before she has entered the first grade. He relies on reason and trust to get his children to behave. Atticus as a Townsperson Atticus is respected member of the town. He is very understanding of everyone, and, like everyone in Maycomb, he knows almost everything about everyone in Maycomb. Much of the time, Atticus has to protect members of the town from the unfailingly critical eyes and mouths of Jem and Scout. Below is a list of names where that has occurred. Atticus as a Lawyer Atticus has high moral standards for himself. As a lawyer, he always tries to do the best for his clients, even when they are very difficult or if the outcome of the case is already decided in favor of his opponent. The Lawyer of Maycomb, the Father of Children Atticus is a single father. His wife died when Scout was just two years old, so he has been raising two children with the help of the cook, Calpurnia, and his neighdor, Miss Maudie. His children "found our father satisfactory" and he always does his best. He has never hit his children, and he always explains things to Jem and Scout. Still, there are some things that Atticus can't do: he has trouble with all the things the 1930s mother would do. When Atticus tries to give "the talk" to Scout and Jem, Scout says, "I know now what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man. It takes a woman to that kind of work." "He played with us, read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment." "When a child asks you something, you answer them, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em." Things Atticus is Good At Like most parents, Atticus can never stay in favor with his children when he is reprimanding them, which sometimes leads them to not learn the lesson they need to learn.
His biggest problem as a father is his habit of putting other things, like his social conscience, in front of his parental duties. Things He Isn't What Helps People Like Atticus Atticus actually puts effort into defending Tom Robinson, which leads to the majority of the town disliking him and calling him a "n*gger-lover." And Not Like Him Atticus Jem Scout The Tom Robinson Case Atticus's Gamble "I do my best to love everybody." "If Atticus Fincy drank until he was drunk, he wouldn't be as hard as some men are at their best." "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. "I couldn't go to church and worship God if I didn't try to help that man." "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win." "'That boy might go to the chair, but he's not going till the truth's told . . . And you know what the truth is.'" What Makes Atticus a Good Lawyer What Makes Atticus a Bad Lawyer Atticus is extremely good at getting Scout and Jem to do what he wants. Jem especially values Atticus's opinion very highly, and hates disappointing him.
Atticus never uses physical violence as a tactic to get his way, and he rarely threatens the children, either. He generally reasons with them.
Atticus is funny! When Dill runs away to the Finch's house, Atticus tells him to "put some of the county back where it belongs, the soil erosion's bad enough as it is," meaning to take a bath. Dill, of course, is completely confused, but Scout understands her father's sense of humor. "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets." We then see Atticus interacting with townspeople. The Ewells Mrs. Dubose Boo Radley Arthur Radley The Cunninghams Aunt Alexandra "Atticus aimed to defend him. That's what they didn't like about it." "'You've got everything to lose from this, Atticus. I mean everything.'" The Tom Robinson is what puts everything in jeopardy. Immediately, the place of Atticus in Maycomb society is called into question. People who are usually friends with the Finches, like the Cunninghams, are suddenly showing up at their door to threaten them. Kids at Scout's school shout nasty things about Atticus. Even some of their own family don't support them. Someone attacks Jem and Scout. So what made it worth it for Atticus? Attucus's First Case! Atticus's first case was defending two Haverfords. They killed a blacksmith "in a misunderstanding arising from the alleged wrongful detention of a mare" in front of three other people. They STILL didn't plead guilty, so they were hanged. Answer: Atticus's conscience. He can't imagine NOT defending Tom Robinson simply because of his race. He knows that Tom Robinson is innocent, telling Aunt Alexandra that he is "in favor of Southern womanhood as much as anybody, but not for preserving polite fiction at the expense of a human life." Besides, Atticus does not care about being called names. He tells Scout, "It's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you." "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand." Atticus is very understanding. He takes what he can get financial-wise for cases, and he doesn't ask for more.
The townspeople know that he is a "deep reader, a mighty deep reader." They know that he knows what he is doing as a lawyer.
Atticus is fair. Most townspeople know that if they are in the right, Atticus will side with them and help them not just as a lawyer, but as a friend/counselor (like Mrs. Dubose). Atticus doesn't plead what he doesn't believe himself, if his clients will let him. He always tries to win his cases, even if it is impossible. He puts his job before anything else. Actually, Atticus is pretty much irreproachable for his conduct as a lawyer. Our only problem with him is how much he is willing to give up to defend Tom Robinson. Because as it says in the column next door, the job comes first. Representing Tom Robinson jeopardizes Atticus's social standing in the town. Representing Tom Robinson puts Scout and Jem at risk for emotional (most townspeople) and physical violence (Bob Ewell).
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