To Kill A Mockingbird - Atticus Finch

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To Kill a To Kill a Mockingbird The novel To Kill a Mockingbird contains a character known as Atticus Finch. Although he is fictional, I believe that he deserves the title of one of the greatest people of all time. He passes invaluable lessons to his children. "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you being anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do", (Page 121). When he was explaining this concept to his young son Jem, he attempted to alter Jem's initial interpretation of courage from infant to mature views. The fact that Mrs. Dubose was to pass away in the near future came to her attention. As a morphine addict, she was willing to withstand the withdrawal symptoms to end her life free from the drug.

To Atticus, this displays the greatest example of courage. This may be a reason why he did not reveal his talent of marksmanship to his children. It might have given them the wrong interpretation of courage. Atticus too, shows courage in the instance where he makes the decision to defend the black man, Tom Robinson. Although he knows that winning the case is a lost cause, he puts forth his best effort despite knowing that the case is over before it starts.

I believe that Atticus is an excellent father figure for his children. Like his interpretation of courage, he is quite knowledgeable and wise. Although his wife died when his children were at a very young age, he tries to the best of his ability to be a loving father towards them. In my...