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Atticus Finch is one of the best male role models in American Literature This instrumental character in To Kill a Mockingbird was a just man who kept his town of Maycomb from falling apart He seeked fairness in every situation and never needed to reconsider his position on any issue This sense of righteousness was displayed no matter the situation making him consistent in his beliefs Atticus treated his children Jem and Scout as adults causing them to be mature beyond their ages He bestowed his wisdom and values upon them about taboo subjects like racism When asked a question Atticus answered honestly regardless of the subject Scout once asked him why people behave a certain way so he explained You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of viewuntil you climb into his skin and walk around in it Lee 34 These are simple words but very meaningful ones Atticus appeared to be the character least infected by Maycombs prejudicial ways The racism of his community did not influence his beliefs as it affected those of many others When Calpurnia his African American maid took his children to her colored church Atticus was completely unaffected whereas his sister Alexandra was infuriated by this act In addition to being against exploitation of African Americans he stood firmly against taking advantage of those who are less fortunate or less educated His community viewed him as a gracious man always willing to help anyone in need When asked to defend Tom Robinson against an accusation of rape Atticus accepted the case without hesitation feeling it was the right thing to do It was obvious from the start that Maycombs racist citizens were going to convict Tom based on the fact that we was an African American but Atticus pursued the strongest defense possible He defended Toms innocence by proving Bob Ewell was a liar and questioning Mayellas role in the crisis
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