Favorite Book Character or Historical Figure

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The fictitious character I'd most like to emulate is Attucus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. He is an intelligent, optimistic man who chooses to live in a small town and devote his life to helping others. I can't help but consider him to be a powerful role model. Although he is a supporting character in the novel, Mr. Finch best demonstrates the power of goodness, honesty and wisdom. I put the book down wishing that I knew more about him.

I imagine that at age 18, Mr. Finch was a lot like me. He lived in a small town and knew that after college he wanted to return and make a lasting contribution to his community. He was probably quiet in high school, hard-working, yet appreciative of the simple pleasures that small town life offers. He was an avid fisherman, and loved to tease the neighborhood girls while baiting their hooks with "yucky" worms.

He probably had a special place in his heart for one of those girls, yet would never be forward enough to ask her out. They'd be plenty of time for that when his formal education was finished. I believe that if we had been peers, we would have been good friends.

I am at a crossroad in my life where I yearn to grow from my vision of a young Mr. Finch into the real thing. I want to succeed in my college life, growing in confidence, sophistication and knowledge. I plan to use Mr. Finch as a role model. I will always try to be a loving friend, a generous citizen and a productive man. I want to emulate his example and grow into a man as inspirational as he is.