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Atticus is Unrealistic Atticus of Harper Lees To Kill A Mockingbird does not comport himself believably because he does not have racist views while almost everyone around him during that time does he treats his children like complete equals unlike most adults during that era and he believes all people has goodness in their hearts no matter how cruel or heartless they act Atticus seems very unrealistic in the sense that he does not discriminate towards Blacks while almost everyone surrounding him does During the 1930s in the South racism appeared omnipresent In Maycomb County the majority of the population had prejudiced beliefs including Atticus family For example Aunt Alexandra and her husband relatives of Atticus believe that Tom Robinson committed the crime and believe he deserves punishment due to his skin color Atticus on the other hand feels he must defend Tom in court for himself Tom and his children and that skin color is not a reason to judge a person Only rarely do people decide not to follow the beliefs that their family peers and neighbors have When Scout asks Atticus if he qualifies as a nigger-lover Atticus answers Dont say nigger Scout Thats common meaning he feels that people who discriminate towards Blacks qualify as uncivilized and trashy75 Another time Atticus hears that a mob plans to storm the jail and injure Tom He stands guard knowing that this might put him in grave danger and all for a man he has just met This appears very unrealistic in a man who has two children to protect and no suicide wish Both examples illustrate Atticus two-dimensional nature his tolerance and respect for Blacks is entirely unexplained Along with Atticus compassion toward Blacks his attitude toward his children seems also inconceivable for the period of time and place he lived An adult likely would not act as lenient with his or her children as Atticus behaves He allows Scout and Jem
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