Who is Atticus and what is his job?

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price7781 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Not only is Atticus the wise and humble lawyer who defends Tom Robinson against the charge of rape in the Mayella Ewell case, Atticus is also a state representative for Maycomb County and has to make trips to the state capitol to help govern the state of Alabama.  Aunt Alexandra comes to stay with Scout and Jem when Atticus is in Montgomery and also to help with the children during the trial.  Atticus needs Aunt Alexandra to watch the children because he will be working long hours, and he is concerned for the safety of the children due to possible backlash from the town people for defending Tom Robinson.  The fact that Atticus is a politician and public servant elected by people in his county shows just how much respect he has earned as a lawyer and as a man.

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Atticus Finch is a lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama. A single father, he is the father of Jem, his twelve year old son, and seven year old Jean Louise "Scout" Finch. He takes on a case of advert racism in his hometown, defending a black man against the injust charges of rape against a local white woman.

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blerii | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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He is the father of Scout and Jem Finch. He is the one who defends Tom Robinson in the trail.

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damini | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

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Atticus Finch is Scout's father and he is a lawyer.

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