Atticus Finch

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  • Atticus Finch
    • Scout's education
      • Moral Education
        • "Shoot all the blue jays you want if you can hit em', but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'
        • "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."
        • "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win but sometimes you do."
      • Teaching her to read
    • Trial of Tom Robinson
      • Atticus' closing Speech, chapter 20
      • Atticus knows he is going to lose the trial before he starts, but he sees it through because it's the right thing (see courage quote under moral education)
        • This is because of racism in the 1930s. A jury of all white men would never let a black man be let off as innocent, it is impossible for Tom Robison to get a fair trial and he is convicted as guilty despite Atticus proving his innocence.
          • "There's something in this world that makes men lose their heads, they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our courts where it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life." (pg 220)
    • "There's a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep 'em all away from you. That's never possible."
    • Scout's view of Atticus
      • Start of the novel
        • "Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty. When Jem and I asked why he was so old, he said he got started late, which we felt reflected on his abilities and manliness." (pg 89)
        • "Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty. When Jem and I asked why he was so old, he said he got started late, which we felt reflected on his abilities and manliness." (pg 89)
        • "Our father didn't do anything. He worked in an office, not a drugstore. Atticus did not drive a dump-truck for the country, he was not the county sherrif, he did not farm, work in a garage or do anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone." (pg 89)
      • By the end of the novel Jem has become devoted to Atticus and has gained more of Scout's respect.
    • Character traits
      • Symbol of morality in the novel and the moral backbone of Maycomb
      • Ethical and sympathetic
      • Recognizes people have both good and bad qualities, admires the good and understands and forgives the bad. He passes this onto Scout.
      • Committed to justice

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