Atticus Finch: Praise or Ponder Essay

Atticus Finch: Praise or Ponder Hannah Shumway Mr. Fritsche Pd. 1 To Kill a Mockingbird April 26, 2011 “You never really understand someone until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. ” (Lee, 39). The character of Atticus Finch has been greatly praised by many literary scholars. He was even nominated as one of the greatest characters in the past 100 years. I believe that Atticus deserves this praise without a doubt. He is incredibly humble, serene, and has an amazing moral sense of right and wrong.

The character of Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird” deserves the utmost praise and attention, for everyone who reads this book can learn a lesson or two from one, Atticus Finch. “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents. ” Miss Maudie tells Scout and Jem after Atticus shoots the mad dog, Tim Johnson (130). This is just one of the things that shows how humble a man Atticus Finch really is. He had the best shot in all of Maycomb County, but yet he never told his children. Scout and Jem never knew he was called One Shot.

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Atticus never got to proud or full of himself. He never bragged about his job or money. He wanted them to love him regardless of his talents. In that process, he taught them to be humble as well. Being too full of yourself can only end in disaster. “I wish Bob Ewell would not chew tobacco. ” (291). This was all Atticus had to say after Bob Ewell spit in his face and told him he would get him if it was the last thing he did. This is another tremendous quality of Atticus Finch. He is very serene. Atticus is always calm and never gets too worked up over anything.

He just lets life’s problems flow over him like a rock in a stream. Atticus never resorts to violence, and tries to pass that onto his children, especially Scout. Atticus once said, “Before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t’ abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. ” (140). In this part of the story, Atticus is making Jem read to Mrs. Dubose because he destroyed her flowers. Jem had done something wrong, and therefore had a guilty conscience. Atticus had to have him make it right.

Probably one of the best qualities Atticus possesses is his moral sense of right and wrong along with his conscience. Whenever something goes wrong, he will always make it right. Atticus makes sound decisions and will always do the right thing even if it the unpopular thing. For example, he took Tom Robinson’s case even though he knew he would lose and that people would talk about him. But even knowing this, he still took the case because it was the right thing to do. If he hadn’t, he probably would not have been able to live with his guilty conscience.