Essay, Pages 4 (763 words)
Throughout chapters 1-17 in To Eliminate A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is shown as a very courageous and non-judgemental person. Sometimes in the book he is likewise an extremely caring dad however he can be strict at times. His name, Atticus is likewise a very courteous male and always shows courtesy to individuals he satisfies. Lots of people that reside in Maycomb know Atticus is a gentleman and is very courteous. He likewise has a conscience when he says that if he didn’t safeguard a Negro then he would repent and would not have the ability to hold his direct in the area.
Harper Lee depicted Atticus as a very courageous man. Atticus is courageous due to the fact that he takes up a case no one else dares to take, the Tom Robinson case. He was ready to risk his honour and self-respect to assist the inadequately implicated black guy. Although he gets a lot of abuse from various individuals, for instance Mrs Dubose when she states, “Atticus is a nigger-lover”, he still does not step down from the case and neglects people.
He even put his Children in the way when Scout almost gets in to a fight against Cecil Jacobs when Cecil Jacobs says that “Scout Finch’s daddy safeguards niggers”.
Hunt even takes abuse from her own family when her cousin, Francis, states that Atticus is a “nigger-lover” which actually puts Scout on edge and she starts a fight with Francis. Atticus is also a very non-judgemental individual and will constantly take a look at things from both sides of the story.
In chapter 3 Atticus states, “You never ever truly understand an individual until you think about things from his perspective up until you climb up into his skin and walk in it”. Here, Atticus is saying that you can’t evaluate something up until you see things from their viewpoint, until you see what they’re experiencing.
Atticus is a very caring father but a strict one too. He is very caring when Scout comes home from her first day in school and complains that Miss Caroline (the teacher) doesn’t want Atticus and Scout reading together any more. Atticus decides to make a deal with Scout, “If you’ll concede the necessity of going to school, we’ll go on reading every night just as we always have”. This shows that he cares about Scout concerns and decides to make a deal to make her happy. Although caring he is also a strict father and when Jem loses her cool and destroys Mrs Dubose’s flowers he makes Jem go back and apologies. To do something like this to a sick lady is inexcusable. I strongly advise you to go down and have a talk with Mrs Dubose”.
As well as a good father he is also a very polite and well-mannered man. For example, in the court trial with Mayella, Atticus wouldn’t call her Mayella but Miss Mayella but Mayella took it like Atticus was mocking her. Judge Taylor had to calm her down by saying, “Mr Finch is always courteous to everybody”. This is saying that Atticus is always polite and courteous to everyone he meets. He is also very polite to Mrs Dubose even though Mrs Dubose shout insults to him every time he walks by. Atticus would sweep off his hat, wave gallantly to her and say, ‘Good evening, Mrs Dubose! You look like a picture this evening. ’”
This shows that even though Mrs Dubose is horrid to him, he still says hello and is polite to her. Atticus is also very aware of his own reputation and tries to be morally good as much as he can be. He does this by helping Tom Robinson in a case they would probably lose. Scout asks him why he is defending Tom Robinson and Atticus replies, “The main one is that if I didn’t, I couldn’t hold my head up in town”.
This shows he has morals that he follows so that he can have respect not for others but himself as well. Throughout chapters 1-17 Atticus is shown as a courageous person. As well as being courageous he is non-judgemental especially when he says, “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”. Atticus is also portrayed as a caring father when Scout is having trouble at school; Atticus is there to support her. Harper Lee has overall made Atticus a very polite, wise and respected man in To Kill A Mockingbird.