Delaney Talbot Talbot 1Mr. J RasoENG1D19 January 2018 To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Finch was an important character throughout the story, Although he was said to be a boring man “He worked in an office, not a drug store, didn’t drive a dump truck, he wasn’t the sheriff, did not farm, work in a garage or do anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone (Lee 118). However, he was unique In the way towards his children. In the novel Atticus Finch showed he is kind and fair, towards his children Jem and Scout when he answers whatever questions they ask him to the best of his ability, and not worrying about what he is saying because of the age of his children due to the fact that Jem is older than scout by 4 years. He treats them as if they were the same age. Most of the time Jem and Scout get along, but sometimes the age difference can cause conflict. In chapter 14 Jem tries to tell Scout how to act and behave which makes her angry so she threw a few punches at Jem which caused them to fight. Atticus came to break them up when Scout states that Jem was telling her what to do. Scout asked him “I don’t have to mind him now, so I?” Atticus gives her a useful piece of advice “Let’s leave it at this, you mind Jem whenever he can make you. Fair enough?” (Lee 185) This proves that Atticus doesn’t make his decision based on who is older. He also respects them and he treats and talks to them as if they were Adults. Atticus is very honest towards his children. During the Tom Robinson case that he took on, he knew that the case would never be fair because he is defending a black man but he tells his children “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men, everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it, whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash” (“Lee 295). Atticus proved himself to be brave, taking on the Tom Robinson case. He was put under a lot of pressure to take on this case and come up with a good argument to try and prove that Tom was an innocent man. It showed that it wouldn’t be easy at the beginning of (Lee 291). Atticus was leaving the post office when Mr Ewell approached him, spat on him, cursed him and threatened to kill him. During this same paragraph Atticus also proves himself to be more responsible than Bob, when he pulls out a handkerchief, wiped his face and doesn’t do anything about what just had happened, than Bob replied to his actions by saying “Too proud to fight, you nigger lovin bastard?” Than he simply replied by saying “No, too old” than carried on with what he was doing. In chapter 11 When their on the way to the business district in Maycomb is the house of Mrs. Dubose, a cranky old lady but Atticus is respectful towards her and he warns Jem to be a gentleman towards her because she is old and sick when they passed by Mrs. Dubose tells the children that Atticus is not any better than the “niggers and trash he works for,” (Lee 135) that’s when Jem gets angry and takes a baton from Scouts hands and ruins all of Mrs. Dubose’s camellia bushes. Immediately Atticus makes him go back and apologize to her when she asks him to come over everyday after school and on Sunday’s to read to her out loud for a month, when Jem goes back home he’s asks Atticus if he has to and Atticus says “certainly”. This also shows how Atticus is a very respectful man, although Jem was defending his honor he still made him apologize and serve his punishment because what Jem did was disrespectful. “The Maycomb “Disease” that is spread throughout the town which is racism and judgment Atticus is not affected by he believes that you should not judge a man till you have walked in his shoes. This is the lesson he tried to continuously teach his kids as he tries to raise them as open hearted and understanding children “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” (page 33 ) whenever Mrs. Dubose would say disrespectful things towards Atticus he would remind hi children that Mrs. Dubose was raised differently than they are. He sets a good example for his children by being a calm and understanding man who also looks at the brighter side of things Atticus was an important character throughout the book, he demonstrates numerous charger traits in this novel. This book mainly revolves around Atticus, and how he is a kind-hearted man and cared strongly for others and his ways of teaching his children the morals in life by the obstacles he has been through.??