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Atticus Finch is a widower or 50 and the father or two children His character can best be summed up as a man whose character is nearly the complete opposite of the general population of the town and indeed many white people who lived in the southern states of America He is a man without prejudice and racial hatred and is a good-hearted man of strong morals He brings up his children the way he sees right and defends the innocent represented by Tom Robinson in the novel Atticus is a man who knows no prejudice or racial hatred and this is what makes him unique in the novel Contrary to the general feeling of the town Atticus sees past a mans colour and looks into the depth of his character In the beginning of the novel on page 34 he tells Scout You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of viewuntil you climb into his skin and walk around in it He manages to do this even though it means going against most of his neighbours and his family Which shows that Atticus is a man of strong morals and principles and a man who will stand up for what he believes is right When asked by his children why he chose to defend Tom Robinson when he knew he would most likely not win he replied to them that is he hadnt he wouldnt be able to believe in himself anymore He chose to defend Tom Robinson because to choose not to would be going against all his personal morals and principles Because of these strong morals and principles he is greatly respected by those in Maycomb who count Miss Maudie remarks upon Atticus We trust him to do right Even those who dont fully agree with his non-racist attitude respect him Not only is he respected for his character though as his
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