Overall most people know Atticus Finch as an amiable character who attentively handles his responsibilities with justice and peace. He does not press his own ideas to other people, but still voices his opinion so people can interpret them. People might think he is a perfect example of a human being, but you have to look at the deeper meaning of the story to recognize the flaws.
Therefore, Atticus Finch has great awareness of justice and peace but he has an internal feeling of superiority towards others. The first asset that makes Atticus Finch a decorated character is his sense of justice. He believes that people should be judged based on their actions and not because of their skin color.
For example, Atticus states ,” You never understand a person . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around it.
” (pg 39). This shows that Atticus believes to never judge somebody based in the color of their skin. He tries to teach people to look at things from different perspectives to see what has affected the person. This is one if the most important quotes told in the story because the different acts of racism that occur in the story are all connected to the quote. Another example of this occurs during Tom Robinson’s court case. Atticus declares, “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women-black or white.
But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.” (pg. 273). This quote shows that Atticus believes Tom Robinson should not be guilty because of his racial background. He believes that any normal human being , colored or white, will be immoral or lie. Atticus had to confirm in his closing speech that Tom Robinson should not be judged by prejudice but by common evidence. Lastly Atticus states even more evidence in the closing speech that proves he has justice.
Atticus states, ” Tom Robinson, a human being.” (pg.272). This small but powerful quote is a great example of his justice. He emphasizes the fact that Tom Robinson is a human being.
By declaring so, he is counter attacking the norm of believing all African Americans are untrustworthy. This proves that Atticus has a sense of justice for his community. Teaching us a lesson of fair perspective towards others, demonstrating that all people make mistakes no matter what race they are, and emphasizing that Tom Robinson is a human being concludes that Atticus possess a strong sense of justice. Another example that makes Atticus Finch stand out among other characters is his sense of peace.
He trusts that all conflicts should be handled peacefully. One day Scout gets into an altercation with a classmate because his insults to Atticus antagonizes her. After hearing about the quarrel Atticus decides to tell Scout, ” Try fighting with your head for a change . . . it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.” (pg.
101). Atticus tries to persuade her to not fight with her fists but to outsmart somebody with her sense of logic. He understands that Scout is at an age where she will get into fights with her friends, so it is a good time to give her a life lesson about being peaceful and patient. Atticus also makes the reader understand that fighting with your fists can cause more harm than talking about problems with each other. Another example of him revealing his peaceful sense of mind is his attitude towards Mrs.
Dubose. He tells Scout, ” I do my best to love everybody . . . I’m hard put, sometimes-baby, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.” (pg.
144-145). This quote shows Atticus’s ultimate love for everyone in his surroundings including people who dislike him. He has the power to change situations into a positive way which helps him stay peaceful and calm. Persuading Scout to use wisdom to fight and handling the gruesome comments of Mrs.Dubose in a peaceful manner demonstrates that Atticus believes in peace.Atticus has great communication skills to voice out his own opinions such as fairness andpeace. He conveys his beliefs to his children and community by still giving them room for their own thoughts and ideas.
In other words, he voices his opinions, but he lets people decide what their own opinion to the topic is. For example, when Scout tells Atticus that most people think he is wrong about his opinions he says, “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions,” (pg.139). This quote clearly states that he understands that everyone has their own opinions and they should be valued.
Atticus understands that the listeners are the final judge of his opinion. Another quote revealing his good communication skills is, “Jack! When a child asks you something, answer him for goodness’ sake. But don’t make production of it. Children are children .
. .” (pg.116). Atticus understands that children are going to have their own opinions about things and they are hard to convince.
They have different perspectives than adults and does not expect them to understand things like an adult does. At the same time though he believes that children can slowly learn important life skills. These two quotes illustrate that Atticus is a humble speaker, who provides the audience with a lot of opportunities to think about the issues.
For most people Atticus is a benign character full of kindness and love to his family and friends, but just like any human, he has some minor flaws. From our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird we know that Atticus Finch is a great lawyer. He performs great duties for the community as well as protecting his people.
However, Atticus can sometimes use his lawyer status to have higher superiorities than those of “lower rankings”. For example, when Bob Ewell spits in Finch’s face, Atticus , ” . . . didn’t bat an eye, just took out his handkerchief and wiped his face and stood there and let Mr.Ewell call him names .
. .” (pg.
291) . This shows that Atticus believed that Bob Ewell was not a threat and that he shouldn’t fret about a silly man’s thoughts. Atticus thought that since Bob Ewell was not such a decorated person like him, he should not be threatened by him. Even though Atticus is a man who is full of justice and acts in that way for most cases, he has a slight superior feeling towards others. Therefore, Atticus’s flaw is his hidden superiority to others.
In conclusion, Atticus Finch is an influential leader who communicates to everyone with a sense of justice and peace. He is a modest speaker and never uses aggression to get his points across. Even though these characters disclose that he is a moral human, he has a hidden feeling of superiority to those of a lower ranking. Today, inspiring people like Atticus practice proper ethics to change the world. They persuade us to discuss problems without violence, treat everyone in the same way, and try to be honest. As we can tell Atticus’s natural character already makes him an influential leader.
However just as Atticus admires his social status compared to others, a leader today distinguishes him or her as a highly distinguished person. To combat with this ego is the ultimate challenge for all leaders. In conclusion, Atticus is almost the perfect human.