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When writing an essay, first consider the format that is required by the assignment. If the assignment asks you to compare/contrast, persuade, or argue points about the relationship Atticus has with the community, make sure that is mapped out on paper. Then, consider the facts that will help you to defend your thesis, such as:
Atticus is a community leader because of his education and career.
Atticus has different struggles at home since he is a single dad with two kids to raise and a Nanny to pay.
The time period and setting of the novel produce automatic obstacles to be faced by everyone in the story, but more particularly Atticus because of his education, career, and skin color.
Consider his relationship with a character from each station in life, from those in the black community to those in the upper and lower classes of white communities. He treats all with respect, no matter who they are and no matter how ignorant and racist they might be. He doesn't write speeches or get preachy, he just lives his beliefs, and that's what makes him a strength in a community that is torn from the problems of the day.
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Atticus is a community leader. He is an attorney and well-respected citizen. That being said, however, not everyone agrees with his liberal attitudes and ideas. After all, he is a white man who is willing to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. He is a role model for all children and people. He takes care of his neighbors and barters with ones who can't pay him for his legal services. He is understanding and non-judgemental. To Atticus, everyone deserves a voice and defense in court.
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