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To Kill A Mockingbird Characterization Essay

Atticus Finch is one of the most steadfastly honest and moral characters in “To Kill a Mockingbirdby Harper Lee and his character remains, for the most part, unchanged throughout “To Kill a Mockingbird”. As any character analysis of Atticus Finch should note in terms of the plot of “To Kill a Mockingbird” he begins as an upstanding citizen who is respected and admired by his peers and even though he loses some ground during the trial, by the end of To Kill a Mockingbird he is still looked up to, both by his children and the community as whole—with all class levels included.

As a lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch represents everything that someone working in the justice system should. He is fair, does not hold grudges, and looks at every situation from a multitude of angles. As Miss Maude quite correctly puts it in one of the important quotes from “To Kill a Mockingbird”by Harper Lee, “Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets" (87) and this could also be said of how he behaves in the courtroom. He is a skilled lawyer and without making outright accusations in a harsh tone he effectively points out that Bob Ewell is lying.

Even more importantly, the subject of this character analysis, Atticus Finch, is able to gracefully point out to the jury that there although there probably are a few black men who are capable of crimes, “this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men" (208). His understanding of equality and his colorblindness allow him to see clearly that the case has been motivated by racial hatred and he is strong enough, both as a person and a lawyer, to see that this is a wrong that needs to be discussed and pointed out to the community. In general in To Kill a Mockingbird, as a lawyer, he is much as he is as a father—focused on justice, equality, and imbued with the special talent of seeing a number of angles to every situation.

As a parent in To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus, although older than most of the other children’s parents, is very careful to offer his children careful moral guidance. Instead of trying to force principles of politeness or societal norms on them, however, he is careful to provide his instruction in a way that makes the children think about their actions. For example, he offers them complex lessons in life and tells them, “shoot all the blue jays that you want, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird" (103). This lesson is not to tell them that shooting things is good, but rather that there are some things that are living peacefully and have a purpose on the earth.

Summary: Atticus, Mrs. Dubose and Boo Radley were characters that all displayed tremendous courage in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Atticus willingly defended a black man; Mrs. Dubose tried to break her morphine addiction; and Boo Radley saved Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell.


To Kill A Mockingbird was a mixture of sorrow and suspense in Alabama during the 1930s. During this period of time there were a lot of prejudice people. It took real courage and bravery to do what some of these people did through the uneasy circumstances. Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo Radley showed many examples of such courage.

Atticus proved, in my opinion, to be the most courageous in the book. He went against the town and willingly defended Tom Robinson, a black man. Atticus took the ridicule and remarks from many of the town's people. Even though all of the racism and hate, he did his best to defend Tom. He said, "If I didn't I couldn't hold my head up in town, I couldn't represent this country in legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do somehting"(75).

Another person who showed exceptional courage was Mrs. Dubose. She bravely attempted to break her addiction to morphine. Even when she knew chances were slim, she tried anyway. Atticus desvribes her as the bravest person he knew. He describes courage, "It's when you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what"(112).

Along with Atticus and Mrs. Bubose, Boo Radley did the final act of courage. Boo single-handedly saved Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell. He risked the chance of being publicly seen after all those years of hiding behind those dark walls. It was like what Mr. Tate said, "All the ladies in Macomb includin' my wife'd be knocking on his door bringing angel food cakes. To my way of thinkin', Mr. Finch, taking hte one man who's done you and this town a great service and draggin' him with his shy ways into te limelight-to me. that's a sin. It's a sin and I'm not about to have it on my head"(276).

With these many acts of courage shown by Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo Radley, inspiration was added to the noel, There was also a sense of mingled loyalty of the characters. In short, the valiant display of bravery and courage played a key role in hte foudation of the novel's overall moral to hurt an innocent and good person is to sin for they do nothing to hurt us.

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