To Kill a Mocking Bird -- Essay about Atticus

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Azan Sarosh

Mrs. Reischl

Honors English 9 Per. 8

03 May 2012

Atticus a Role Model

In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee presents a personality named Atticus Finch as a kind, respectful and honest character. He uses his peacekeeping methods to try to change society's way of thinking. He truly is a role model for the modern day world. We live in a society were physical strength is used to prove your masculinity, and courage. Atticus shows us that courage isn't a man with a gun in his hand, but that courage is the strength of the mind. Atticus follows Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior traits; along with being a non-violent example to the people, he is also a good father to Scout and Jem by not expecting them to respect him just because he is a parent, but because he deserves their respect. Atticus breaks the boundaries of Maycomb County by treating all races and sexes equally and using pacifist ways to combat the ignorance of the people of Maycomb, he shows Jem & Scout his ways making a small change in a small county.

Atticus practices humility towards all, even to the African American population who at that time were considered of a very low social status of the time, he teaches it to his children too; for example, when Scout says the "n" word, and he responds "N---lover is just one of those terms that don't mean anything... ignorant trashy people use it when they think somebody's favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It's slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody" (146). He uses certain words that show support for the black people and degrade the people who use the word, like "ignorant",