To Kill A Mockingbird

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A Comparison between Atticus Finch and Jack Finch Atticus Finch plays a very prominent role in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This novel occurs during a time of great depression where money is scarce. Atticus is a lawyer who lives with his two children, Jeremy and Jean Louise, and his cook, Calpurnia, in a small, rural town called Maycomb. He is a very optimistic man who has high morals and believes everyone is equal, although many seem to disagree. Atticus also shares many intriguing similar and dissimilar traits with his brother, Jack Finch through his actions and speech.

A very strong comparison between Atticus and Uncle Jack is that they are both very intelligent. Atticus is a lawyer. During the book, he spends much of his time defending a black man named Tom Robinson. Heck Tate, the sheriff of Maycomb, appoints Atticus because he knows Atticus is the best lawyer around.

Atticus is not only adroit, but he is also very humble which is shown through the statement: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view." On the other had, Uncle jack is very intelligent because he is a doctor. Scout says, "whenever he performed a minor service for Jem and me"¦he would tell us exactly what he was going to do, give us an estimation of how much it would hurt, and explain the use of any tongs he employed." This tells us that he is very experienced in his profession.

Another very appealing comparison between Atticus and Uncle Jack is the fact that they both were very trustworthy when keeping their promises to Scout. Atticus promised Scout that he would "go on reading with her every night" if she would "concede the necessity of going to school."...