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Atticus Finch a widower of 50 is the father of Jem and Scout He represents all that is best in Maycomb as a citizen a father a Christian and a Southern gentleman He stands out as a man of reason and courage As a citizen Atticus is highly respected and very responsible His conduct and conversation throughout the book show that he is entirely free from the usual Maycomb faults of pride racialism and hypocrisy In any ways Atticus is central to the whole point of the novel In the face of prejudice and strong emotions of the people of Maycomb he tries to make his own children see that it is better to use ones head than to resort to fists Jem and Scout have perfect confidence in their father He always tells them the truth and they are secure in the knowledge that he loves them His bravery in defending Tom Robinson knowing the likely outcome of the trial is considerable He is driven by a strong belief in equality before the law Atticus is a truly religious man before I can live with other folks Ive got to live with myself The one thing that dosent abide by majority rule is a persons conscience As Miss Maudie says he represents true Christian values in Maycomb Were so rarely called on to be Christians but when we are weve got men like Atticus to go for us His children are disapointed that Atticus dosent play football or poker and that he neither drinks nor smokes Atticus is described as old and short-sighted On the other hand he is an excellent marksman He is chosen by the sheiff to deal with the mad dog The people who matter in Maycomb hold Atticus in very high regard Although Atticus gives Jem and Scout considerable amounts of freedom he demands high standards of courtesy honesty and manners from them
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