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trillofs | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 17, 2008 at 8:36 AM via web

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Help with Character Analysis of Atticus in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

What is Atticus's charater analysis? Does he develop throughout the novel? How? What does he teach the readers? What is his importance?

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reidalot | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 17, 2008 at 8:55 AM (Answer #2)

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Atticus teaches the readers that there are people willing to stand up for what they believe, no matter the personal cost. In Chapter 15, even Link Deas tells Atticus, "You've got everything to lose form this." When he defends Tom Robinson, most of the town has turned against him and turned into an angry, unreasonable mob. It is Atticus's integrity that is a constant throughout the work, whether it be in the courtroom or in his living room. One of the most important lessons he teaches his children is to walk around in someone else's skin (Chap.7), for it is truly by placing yourself in another's situation that you can attempt to understand their feelings. Atticus puts this to use in all facets of his life and this quality defines his personality and allows him to teach his children empathy.

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jsmckenna | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 17, 2008 at 3:42 PM (Answer #3)

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Atticus, as a character, does not develop throughout the novel; he is the catalyst by which others develop.  While we read To Kill a Mockingbird, we see how his actions are depicted through his daughter Scout's eyes.  Atticus is know for is honesty but also his appropriateness and consistency with his children.  He is the character that we judge other characters by since his morals and integrity are what Scout (and Jem) discover and expose during the novel.

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