Essay on 'to Kill a Mockingbird'

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In the book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is not the typical Maycomb citizen. He is like no other. He really makes an effort to be the best role model for his children by showing us his natural courage, tolerance and fairness to all other citizens of Maycomb. Atticus seems to appear as the biggest hero of the book because he stands up for what he believes in and what he thinks is right, he has copious amounts of respect for others and himself and is a symbol of reason and justice. Atticus Finch does not follow, obey or conform to any other character in the book. He shows integrity and morality throughout the book. Atticus Finch is a man of many principals and does not conform to other people’s racist comments or wrong doings. Atticus was willing to go against the majority of the town of Maycomb in an effort to do what he believed and which he also believed to be the correct ethical choice which made him an exceedingly noble character of this book and an excellent role model for his children and for all the other characters of the book as well. Atticus Finch believes in individual conscience. Atticus Finch is a very respectful and loyal man. He shows he respect in many ways. Both Scout and Jem never call Atticus dad, he is always Atticus. Whist he definitely puts his foot down on both the children he also treats the kids with respect because he doesn’t degrade his use of language towards them to what he thinks is their level of intelligence be his is willing to explain to them patiently whenever they have questions. This is just one form of how Atticus shows his respect during the course of the book. When Scout doesn’t what to go back to school, Atticus doesn’t just tell her that she has to go back to school but instead he listens to Scout’s explanation of why she is so upset and tries to make her see her teacher’s side of things before coming up with a compromise that makes Scout happier thus another sign of respect towards one of his children. ‘First...