Analyze Atticus Finch's character. Focus upon his wisdom, delivered throughout the novel, and explain how this reflects his character strengths.I also read this article called Atticus Finch and...

Analyze Atticus Finch's character. Focus upon his wisdom, delivered throughout the novel, and explain how this reflects his character strengths.

I also read this article called Atticus Finch and Southern Liberalism by Malcolm Gladwell from The New Yorker and I have to address whether I believe Finch has any character flaws or if he is hemmed in by time and place.

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Atticus Finch truly is a prime literary example of the nearly perfect Southern liberal thinker. He was certainly a man out-of-place in 1930s small-town Alabama: He didn't cuss, drink, or take part in the typical Southern male revelries. He was a single parent at a time when it was highly unusual for a man to bring up his children without a female in the household, and he spent his nights reading and bonding with Scout and Jem. His racial outlook is also rare for a white man of the era, and he risks his own life and that of his family when he takes on the Tom Robinson case. He is forthright and painfully honest; he answers his children's toughest questions in a true and factual manner. He shows his courage in an intellectual manner rather than with typical Southern bravado, and he tempers his emotions in a true, gentlemanly fashion. As an attorney, Atticus Finch transcends his fictional persona, leaving a character that real-life lawyers try to emulate to this day.

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