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Atticus's Role Thesis Statement Topic: The Role of Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird...

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jattput | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 5, 2012 at 3:30 AM via web

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Atticus's Role Thesis Statement

Topic: The Role of Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird

What would an appropriate thesis statement for this be? 

If u could kindly write out a thesis statement which would go well with this topic? Help would be greatly appreciated! Please make the thesis arguable! I dont want answers that say he was a good father or that he was very courageous!

Example: Harper Lee uses the character of Atticus Finch to tell us that....

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 5, 2012 at 5:12 AM (Answer #2)

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Harper Lee uses the character of Atticus Finch to tell us that there are good people in the world even when there are bad ones.  Atticus is one of the few people in the town willing to defend Tom Robinson, but there are others who are also on his side.

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jattput | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 6, 2012 at 3:13 AM (Answer #3)

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Harper Lee uses the character of Atticus Finch to tell us that there are good people in the world even when there are bad ones.  Atticus is one of the few people in the town willing to defend Tom Robinson, but there are others who are also on his side.

Thank you so much litteacher8 :) Your a helping hand on Enotes! I really appreciate it as your answer as it was written very well and really helped me!

Cheers, Alexander

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM (Answer #4)

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Harper Lee uses the character of Atticus Finch to tell us that....even people who are both wise and prudent can over-estimate the moral fiber of others. Atticus Finch's optimism regarding the eventual cooling of Bob Ewell's bitter anger nearly leads to the death of Jem and Scout. Though Atticus is right to presume that most people are really good at heart, once you meet them, he is wrong to assume that this is true of everyone. 

This is one of the most significat complexities offered in the novel. 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM (Answer #5)

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Atticus Finch stands as a sterling example of a man of principle who is willing to practice his moral values despite censure by his community.  Although he does not wish to handle the case of Tom Robinson, for instance, he accepts it and defends the man with all the expertise that he can bring to the case.  When he believes that his son has killed Tom Ewell, Atticus makes no excuses for him, nor does he ask any favor of the sheriff, Heck Tate.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:50 AM (Answer #6)

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Harper Lee uses the character of Atticus Finch to tell the reader that courage comes in many different forms.  Atticus confesses to Jem that "Mrs. Dubose was the bravest person [he] ever knew," but Atticus demonstrates his own courage through his determination to defend Tom Robinson, despite the censure of his friends and neighbors.

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