To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, portrays Atticus Finch as a well-rounded character, respected by everyone in town. Atticus Finch is a fair person, a good parent and has a calm attitude. Atticus Finch is a father of two children, a lawyer, and a novel citizen.

Atticus Finch is fair with everyone and he does not discriminate against people of different race. For example, when Scout wants to go to Calpurnia's house, who is the maid, Aunt Alexandra disapproves of this because Calpurnia is black, lives in a black neighborhood, and will be a bad influence on Scout. Atticus Finch, Alexandra's brother, has a different opinion. "Alexandra, Calpurnia's not leaving this house until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I could not of got along without her all these years. She's a faithful member of this family and you will simply have to accept things the way they are.

Besides, sister, I do not want you working your head off for us-you have no reason to do that. We still need Cal as much as we ever did." (P. 137) This quotes says that he trusts Cal and will not lose her because she is valuable to him and to his kids.

Atticus is a very good parent. He does not get angry with his children or hit them. He teaches them by telling them to do something. When Jem had the incident at Mrs. Dubose's house about the camellia buds, he gave Jem a job to do that would teach him a lesson. "I strongly advise you go down and have a talk with Mrs. Dubose," (P. 104) said Atticus. Atticus sat on the chair in the living room and did not show any anger. Scout said that he did...