Ryan KimMs. HockensonEnglish18 December 2017Atticus Finch the role model father and lawyer of the 20th century One of the most courageous and influential characters in To Kill a Mockingbird is Atticus Finch who is a fair father and a just lawyer in the city of Maycomb.
Atticus who has who has very good morals and shares these morals and beliefs as a lawyer to Maycomb and his family. He guides his children with his teachings to help them make the right decisions. He recognizes that there are problems in the city and he makes sure that he does add to the problems but rather help solve them.
Even men like Atticus have problems they must overcome. Atticus is very devoted maybe to devoted to his work, he works from dusk till dawn. Despite this Atticus is still able to be a role model to his children. One of the things that makes Atticus stand out is that he doesn’t look at being a lawyer as a job but a personal commitment to solving problems such as racism not by violence but through the law. Near the end of the book, Atticus is tasked with defending a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman.
“There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads-they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts when it’s a white man’s word against a black man the white man always wins. They’re ugly but those are the facts of life.
” (pg 87) In this quote Atticus is acknowledging that racism occurs in the world and in Maycomb. Atticus acknowledges the racism but tries his hardest to defend Tom as an individual and not as black man. Atticus accepts his task of defending Tom despite the risk of his reputation being ruined because he knows it’s the right thing to do. Atticus runs his family like a judge he’s the one in charge, and has a set of rules that he expects both of his children to follow, but he makes sure that Scout and Jem have their opportunity to express their side of the story. With the town of Maycomb he knows that not everyone is willing to look on both sides of the story which makes them a blind to the obvious that Tom Robinson is innocent. He isn’t furtive in his actions and he defends his beliefs strongly.
As a judge Atticus believes that every man should be treated equally inside the court and it is not justice if a man is wrongly punished for the color of their skin.Atticus however is a workaholic dedicated to his job as a lawyer. He leaves for work in the morning and returns at night. ” Two geological ages later, we heard the soles of Atticus’s shows scrape the front steps”(138).
This brings forward the idea that Jem and Scout look forward to seeing their father. Because of Atticus Finch is a man who is not only a commendable lawyer but a fair and understanding father for Scout and Jem. For example when scout doesn’t want to go back to school, Atticus doesn’t just tell her that she has to go and leave it at that.
Instead, he listens to Scout’s explanation of why she’s so upset, and tries to make her see her teacher’s side of the things before coming up with a compromise that makes Scout happier. This shows that he looks at both sides of a situation in order to reason with Scout. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (pg 35).
He means that you can never judge someone for their actions until you experience their side of things”I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial… the man had to have some kind of comeback… so if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and I’d rather it be me than that houseful of children out there.”(pg 130). This is the moment where Atticus practices what he preaches he is the he is the exact opposite of a hypocrite. He takes a walk in Bob Ewell’s shoes. By this, he also shows compassion as he lets Bob vent on him rather than his Mayella and her children. Atticus knows that he holds the most influence over his children and he uses this to pass on his morals and knowledge.
In conclusion, Atticus Finch is a wise father and a just lawyer who looks on both sides of a situation to make a good decision. He has much experience with people and this makes him a very influential father to his children. Atticus teaches his children how to become more mature in their actions and thoughts by passing on his morals. He always knows what’s right and he will do the right thing even if he might be criticized by the public.Work Cited Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird, Grand Central Publishing 2010