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What are four leadership qualities that Atticus Finch possesses? What are quotes that...

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ruyu | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:10 AM via web

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What are four leadership qualities that Atticus Finch possesses? What are quotes that prove these leadership qualities in To Kill a Mockingbird?

I am comparing Margaret Thatcher to Atticus Finch in accordance to their leadership qualities and need help.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Some of Atticus' leadership traits may not coincide with Margaret Thatcher's, but...

HE LOVES HIS FELLOW MAN.  Atticus is color blind when it comes to the races, and as Maudie says,

"Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets." 

GOOD PARENT.  He is a single parent, but he teaches his children right from wrong, particularly by his own personal example. He gives Jem and Scout enough independence for them to make many of their own decisions, and his warnings usually serve to stop them going too far in their games and excursions. We know the children respect Atticus as adults, because on the first page of the novel Scout tells the reader that she and Jem still go to Atticus when they need the right answer to a problem. 

We were far too old to settle an argument with a fistfight, so we consulted Atticus.

HONEST & TRUSTWORTHY.  He is constantly reelected unopposed as Maycomb's representative to the Alabama legislature--a testimony to the man with whom many people may disagree but nearly all respect. He keeps his promises and puts his responsibilities over his personal matters, sometimes to the detriment of his family. According to Miss Maudie,

"We're so rarely called on to be Christians, but when we are, we've got men like Atticus to go for us."

INTELLIGENCE. Atticus may well be the most intelligent man in Maycomb, in spite of having educated himself without the benefit of going to school. He is a capable lawyer, well-read, and adept at understanding what goes on in the mind of others. Miss Maudie claims that

"... he can make somebody's will so airtight can't anybody meddle with it."

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