Atticus Finch

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Atticus Finch by Mind Map: Atticus Finch

1. Looks Like

1.1. Bespectacled

1.1.1. "...besides that, he wore glasses." pg 99

1.2. Stern

1.3. Tall

1.4. Nearly blind in his left eye

1.4.1. "He was nearly blind in his left eye, and said left eyes were the tribal curse of the Finches." pg 99

1.5. Late forties

1.5.1. "He was nearly fifty." pg 98

2. Beliefs And Values

2.1. Equality

2.1.1. "Some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women- black and white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men." Page- 226 This shows that Atticus believes that not just black men are immoral or untruthful, but that all of the human race is like this and not just the blacks showing that he believes all men are equal

2.2. Courage

2.2.1. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." Page - 121 He wants Scout and Jem to understand what true courage really is, and that a man with a gun isn't what courage is but more what a person does when the odds are against him or her

2.3. Empathy Towards Others

2.3.1. "So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that's something I'll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody, and I'd rather it be me than that household of children out there." Page - 238 After Bob Ewell spits in Atticus's face and threatens to get even with him, Atticus explains that it's one of those moments when Jem needs to step into Bob's skin to understand his motives better. Atticus is happy to have served as a human spittoon for Bob if it meant protecting the Ewell children from their father.

3. How Others See Him

3.1. Jem and Scout: Jem and Scout both look up to Atticus and see him as a role model. They get very upset when people in Maycomb speak badly of Atticus and call him bad names. As they grow up, they begin to understand Atticus more and can understand what motivates him. Jem and Scout respect Atticus this is shown by the fatc that they call him "Atticus or Sir" as a sign of respect

3.2. Bob Ewell: Bob hates Atticus, he doesn't agree with Atticus defending Tom Robinson because it means that he might lose the court case. Bob is also afraid of Atticus, he knows that Atticus is the best lawyer around and Atticus knows the truth. "Too proud to fight, you nigger-lovin bastard?"

3.2.1. This is after the court case when Bob confronts Atticus whilst he is trying to leave the Post office.

3.3. Miss Maudie Miss Maudie likes Atticus and respects his opinions. She thinks that he's a wonderful person, she also respects his decisions and supports in in the harder times during the book. Miss Maudie likes Jem and Scout very much. " Miss Maudie puzzled me. With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard a shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem's and my affairs." - Sout

3.4. Aunt Alexandra: Loves Atticus but doesn't agree with the way that he is raising his kids, particularly Sout. "She almost said that Atticus is disgracin the family" - Jem "Sister I do the best I can with them!" - Atticus "We decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence." - Aunt Alexandra

4. Acts Like

4.1. Courteous towards others

4.1.1. 'That's just Mr Finch's way,' he told Mayella. 'We've done business in this court for years and years, and Mr Finch is always courteous to everyone. He's not trying to mock you , he's trying to be polite. That's just his way.'Page - 198 This shows that Atticus is always courteous and well mannered to people he meets, even witness' in the courtroom, and even when the witness is saying he is sassing her.

4.2. Not Very Affectionate

4.2.1. "As they pass under a street light, Atticus reached out and massaged Jem's hair, his one gesture of affection." Page - 169 This shows that both of the children know that there is only one gesture of affection that Atticus has, which shows he is not generally very affectionate towards Scour to Jem.

5. Motivated By

5.1. Protecting Jem and Scout

5.1.1. ‘Don’t you worry about anything,’ he said. ‘It’s not time to worry’ page - 145 By telling Scout and Jem not to worry yet, he is protecting them from what the people in the town are saying about him

5.2. Doing the Right Thing

5.2.1. ‘For a number of reasons,’ said Atticus. ‘The main on is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold my head up in this town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again’ Page - 82 Atticus is motivated by doing the right thing, this is shown by him taking on Tom Robinson's case even though he thinks he's going to lose because he believes Tom is innocent and that it is the right thing to do

5.3. Faith

5.3.1. "This case, Tom Robinson's case, is something that goes to the essence of a man's conscience- Scout, I couldn't go to church and worship God if I didn't try to help that man."Page - 139 Atticus believes in God and believes that if he didn't take on Tom's case then he wouldn't be able to worship God anymore or go to church and this is something that motivates Atticus to take his case. Atticus believes that if he didn't take this case, he would be saying that he's scared of what everyone thinks of him and not standing up for an innocent man