A character study on Atticus from the book: To Kill A Mockingbird.

Essay by JayCoop013High School, 11th gradeA+, May 2002

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For Atticus Finch, most things are "as simple as black and white". In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, there is one character who is able to make an impact on his children and both types of society. Atticus is a single parent who tries very hard to make everybody he interacts with satisfied. Atticus Finch has a strong impact on the people around him: his children, the black community, and the white community.

Atticus makes a huge difference on the way his children live their lives. One way Atticus makes an impact on his kid's lives, especially Scout, is by teaching her how to read and by building her already advanced vocabulary. It is obvious to Scout's teacher, Miss Caroline, that Scout is able to read very well. Scout is asked by Miss Caroline to read a few passages one day in class, "after making me read most of My First Reader and the stock-market quotations from The Mobile Register aloud, she discovered that I was literate" (21).

Miss Caroline is very impressed that a 7 year old is able to read such literacy as stock market quotes from a newspaper. Scout was taught to read at such a young age by her loving father. Almost every night, Scout sits down with her dad and reads with him. For a 7 or 8 year old she has an impressive vocabulary and reading comprehension. The fact that Atticus has the time to sit down with his daughter and take time to read to her is very admirable. Being a lawyer, and a well-educated man, Atticus is well aware of the importance to be literate. Atticus teaches his children a moral by showing them how Mrs. Dubose has "real courage". After Mrs. Dubose passes away, Atticus...