Character of Atticus Finch Atticus Finch : Atticus is a tall, middle-aged lawyer, wearing glasses and always dressed up. He is almost fifty years old and widowed father of Scout and Jem. Atticus is a God-like father who teaches his children to be respectful and honest. He is ethical and fairing his work and his home, and his children respect him very much. He teaches them about courage and kindness through his own example and he is a well-respect member of the Maycomb . He is a lawyer who stands out as a man of reason and courage in Maycomb County.
“ First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around into it” When Scout doesn’t want to go back to school, Atticus doesn’t just tell her that she has to go and that’s that; instead, he listens to Scout’s explanation of why she’s upset, and tries to make her see her teacher’s side of things before coming up with a compromise that makes Scout happier.
Atticus teaches his children that the action of Mrs. Dubose is true courage and it is not “a man with a gun in his hand.” Atticus sees Mrs. Dubose as a strong example of someone with courage and he calls her the bravest person he knows. She has the goal of dying free from her drug addiction and she achieves it with great effort. Another thing that Atticus teaches his children after Jem had destroyed Mrs. Dubose’s garden when he lost his temper. “Son, I have no doubt that you’ve been annoyed by your contemporaries about me lawing for niggers, as you say, but to do something like this to a sick old lady is inexcusable. I strongly advise you to go down and have a talk with Mrs. Dubose,” said Atticus. “ Come straight home afterward .” Atticus doesn’t punish Jem but advises him to apologize for what he has done.
Atticus shows generosity when Mr. Cunningham, a client of Atticus, can not come up with the money to pay him for his service, Atticus accepts payment in vegetables and other things with out asking any question, even willing to accept nothing at all. When Walter Cunningham said "Mr. Finch, I don't know when I'll ever be able to pay you." Atticus replied "Let that be the least of your worries, Walter."
"Well, Mr. Finch didn't act that way to Mayella and old man Ewell when he cross-examined them. The way that man called him 'boy' all the time an' sneered at him, an' looked around at the jury every time he answered-" This speech shows Atticus treats to Tom, Mayella and Ewells with respect that he appears to the jury’s sense of justice and equality in court.
How does Atticus explain to Scout about why did he accept the appointment to Tom’s case?
Atticus stands up for what he believes in despite the personal cost to himself and his family. He tells Scout that if he didn’t defend Tom Robinson he wouldn’t be able to hold up his head because “before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” "For a number of reasons," said Atticus. "The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again. For Atticus, being a lawyer is not just a job, it’s a personal commitment to justice, and to solving problems through the law rather than through violence. There’s another reason for his taking on the Tom Robinson case, however, and that’s that he had no choice: Judge Taylor assigned him to the case.
“ I’m sorry, Aunty,” I muttered. “Now then,” he said. “Let’s get this clear: you do as Calpurnia tells you, you do as I tell you, and as long as your aunt’s in this house, you will do as she tells you. Understand?” Calpurnia is the Finch's black housekeeper, she acts as a mother figure and disciplinarian in the Finch household. Atticus trusts Calpurnia, relies on her for support raising his children, and considers her part of the family. Calpurnia also gives the children insight into her world when she takes them to her church. He also respects Calpurnia's judgment, and later in the book even stands up to his sister, the formidable Aunt Alexandra, when she strongly suggests they fire Calpurnia.
What would Atticus has done when people want some helps?
Atticus shows he is helpful when he must shoot a rabid dog, even though it is not his job to do.
How does Atticus tell his children to deal with violence?
In the face of the prejudice and strong emotions of the people of Maycomb, he tries to make his children see that it is better to use your head than to resort to violence. Atticus has a unique parenting style because he treats his children as adults, honestly answering any question they have. He uses all these instances as an opportunity to pass his values on to Scout and Jem. He delighted in helping people see a situation in a new light. Atticus uses the approach not only with his children, but with all of Maycomb. However, although he treated Jem and Scout maturely, he recognised that they are children and that they will make childish mistakes and assumptions.
Atticus shows open-mindedness and good morals in defending Tom Robinson when no one will. Everyone in the town, friend and family, looks down on Atticus for standing up for Tom, but Atticus continues to defend him, in and out of court, because he knows what he's doing is what's right.
Atticus was assigned to Tom Robinson’s case and although he knows that the case will be unfair and he will lose he does all he can to win justice. He is the only lawyer that is able to put some doubt in the minds of the jury.
How is the feeling of black people to Atticus?
"When they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things ... Atticus, he was real nice," to which he responds, "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.“ Conversely, when Atticus loses Tom's case, he is last to leave the courtroom, except for his children and the black spectators in the colored balcony, who rise silently as he walks underneath them, to honor his efforts.