Atticus Finch

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  • Atticus
    • different from others
      • "Our father didn't do anything . . . he never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish or drink or smoke. He sat in the living room and read."
      • unique parenting
        • He uses all these instances as an opportunity to pass his values on to Scout and Jem. Scout says that "'Do you really think so?'  . . . was Atticus' dangerous question" because he delighted in helping people see a situation in a new light.
    • respect and equality
      • "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets"
      • Atticus believes in justice and the justice system. He doesn't like criminal law, yet he accepts the appointment to Tom Robinson's case. He knows before he begins that he's going to lose this case.
      • Atticus is the adult character least infected by prejudice in the novel.
        • He has no problem with his children attending Calpurnia's church, or with a black woman essentially raising his children
        • He admonishes Scout not to use racial slurs, and is careful to always use the terms acceptable for his time and culture.
        • Atticus accepts these people because he is an expert at "climb[ing] into [other people's] skin and walk[ing] around in it."
          • unaffected by Mrs. Dubose's caustic tongue
          • 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.
  • 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.

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