Character sketch for atticus in "to kill a mockingbird"

Essay by AznDragsterHigh School, 11th gradeA+, March 2004

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When I first began reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" the first character that caught my eye was "Scout" the narrator of our story. However as the plot progressed I began to become more and more fascinated by the character Atticus Finch. What attracted Atticus to me was his patient and understanding attitude towards everyone regardless of their age, sex, or race. I felt a real connection between his character and the values my parents try to instill in me.

The novel takes place during the great depression in Maycomb County a midsized town in which Atticus is the second child of three born to Simon Finch. The eldest sibling of the Finch family would be Alexandra who's main responsibility is to instill the virtues of femininity in Scout. Atticus's younger brother is Jimmy who occasionally visits the family during Christmas and other special occasions. Atticus has two children, Jean Louise Finch (Scout) and Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem).

Scout despite being only seven at the beginning of the story plays a major role, both she and her brother brings the element of innocence since they are both children. We are able to watch them grow up through the course of the novel.

Atticus is an almost fifty gentleman who despite his age is still bright and quick on his feet. He graduated from Montgomery where he majored in law. Atticus began his practice in Maycomb County where he lead a relatively peaceful career in criminal law that was until Tim Robinson's case came up. What Atticus represents in the story is morality and reason. He has proved through his actions that he is intelligent and fair, and because of that he never has to rethink his position on any issues which begins my respect for him and also becomes...