Raj ThotaEnglish 9HMrs. Julie Hockenson18 December 2017Period 1 Atticus Finch: one of the most prominent characters of 20th century literature. He is renowned for his strong morals, unwavering faith in justice, and committed upbringing of his children, Jeremy and Jean Louise Finch. Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, we see many instances where Atticus Finch reinforces his high reputation. However, like everyone else, Atticus has his flaws. Atticus Finch is a wise father, always sees the good in everyone, and stands up for what is right. However, he sometimes takes “justice” too far and is occasionally taken advantage of for being so kind to everyone. To begin with, Atticus Finch sensibly raises his children, making sure they have the right values. To ensure that they interact with others properly in the real world, he treats his children like they are adults, and interacts with them accordingly. For example, Atticus believes that the truth shouldn’t be hidden from children. “When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.” (Lee 90). The quote demonstrates that Finch believes that evasion of the truth is extremely disrespectful to children. They deserve to know the truth, and hiding it from them makes them feel insignificant. This shows that he respects his children like he would adults. In addition, Scout claims that Finch was a “satisfactory” father, and that he treated them with “courteous detachment.” (Lee 6). This shows that although he was a good enough father, he always maintained a decent amount of space from them, making sure that they grew up independently. He also made sure that he was respected by Scout and Jem only if he deserved respect. “The main one is, if I didn’t (defend Tom Robinson) … I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.” (Lee 78). Atticus believes he only deserves to be respected if he acts like it. He didn’t force them to respect him simply because he was their father. By treating his children like adults, while still maintaining a respectful family atmosphere, Atticus instilled the right values in his children, while making sure that they received the respect they deserve. Aside from being a good father, Atticus Finch also sees the good in everyone, regardless of how wrongly they act. A good example of this is Mr. Cunningham. Atticus claims that, “Mr. Cunningham’s basically a good man, he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us.” (Lee 159). This shows how compassionate and forgiving Atticus can be. The previous night, the man he is talking about, Mr. Cunningham, gathered a lynch mob and came to attack Atticus. However, despite this, Atticus still has the heart and kindness to praise him, and even tell his kids that he is actually a good man. Atticus also sees the good in people in general, with the quote, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee 30). This quote demonstrates that he believes that everyone is justified in their actions, they just are not always fully understood by others. In addition, he also teaches this to his children in many instances, reinforcing the fact that he is a good father. Both the description of Mr. Cunningham and the description of people in general demonstrate that Atticus sees the good in everyone, and also believes that no one ever has a bad intent in doing something. Furthermore, Atticus Finch also has unwavering faith in justice and doing what’s right. Although he knows that he will receive hate for defending Tom Robinson, and that he won’t win regardless of how good his defense is, Atticus believes that he is obliged to defend Tom and do the right thing. “For a number of reasons,” said Atticus. “The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’thold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.” (Lee 78) The quote shows that the reason Atticus took up the task of defending Tom Robinson was not because he wanted to, but because he felt obliged to, and that he felt that he couldn’t even be Jem and Scout’s father, if he didn’t do the right thing in this case. He also knew that Jem and Scout would be targeted at school and other places, but because he had to do the right thing, he was okay with it. He also made sure that he persevered and gave it his best when defending Tom, and had a very convincing and moving summation. Also, throughout the story, Atticus shows a strong faith in the justice system, knowing that it is faulty. He does his best to be a part of the change to make it better. Although it has been proven that Atticus is a very pious man, he still has his flaws. He sometimes takes the justice system too seriously, and also ends up being taken advantage of because he naturally assumes that everyone is good. For example, when Boo Radley killed Bob Ewell to protect the kids, and Atticus thinks that Jem is responsible, he starts preparing a defense for him, ignoring the fact that Jem is his son. He takes it too seriously and doesn’t focus enough on the fact that he should be happy that his kids are even alive. “I’m sorry if I spoke sharply, Heck .. but nobody’s hushing this up. I don’t live that way.” He says this when Heck Tate explains that Jem didn’t kill Bob Ewell. He thinks that Jem should have a defense prepared and should have no bias towards him. This is taking it a bit too far, even if it is the law. Furthermore, when Atticus assumes the good in people, it sometimes causes harm for those around him. For instance, “I thought he got it all out of him the day he threatened me. Even if he hadn’t, I thought he’d come after me.” (Lee 273) The quote showed that he assumed that Bob Ewell didn’t have so much vengeance, and that even if he was, he was good enough to only go after Atticus. However, he was clearly wrong, and because of him assuming that the malevolent Bob Ewell was “good”, his children almost died. This shows that his seeing the good in everyone can sometimes be harmful. Atticus Finch may be morally strong, but like everyone else, he still has his flaws. To conclude, Atticus Finch is a very morally correct man, and he always stands up for what is right. He is a wise father, an upholder of justice, and a positive person. However, he still, like all other people, has flaws. He can take justice too far at times, and also ends up unintentionally harming those around him and himself through his good nature. Atticus Finch can be seen as a good role model for people today. Aside from his minor flaws, he is the epitome of a morally right person, and this is demonstrated throughout the novel. Many people today, including politicians and lawyers, can learn from his fairness, faith in justice, and Einsteinian wiseness. His impartiality is needed in many areas of the world today. Atticus Finch is a morally strong character who always does the right thing.