What are some things that Atticus Finch loves and cannot imagine his life without?

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First and foremost, Atticus Finch loves his children. Scout and Jem are his world and they are his primary focus throughout the novel. He is painfully aware of how he acts in front of his children and encourages them to act morally every chance he gets. Atticus also loves to read. In particular, Atticus loves to read The Mobile Register and The Maycomb Tribune. There are numerous scenes throughout the novel that depict Atticus reading on the porch or in the living room, relaxing after his stressful days.

Miss Maudie makes the comment that Atticus is the individual Maycomb relies upon to represent true Christian values when others simply will not accept the challenge. Also, we know from Chapter 12 that Atticus routinely takes his children to church. Judging by his morally upright character and religious disposition, I believe it would be safe to say that Christianity is something that Atticus dearly admires.

The last thing I would include that Atticus absolutely loves and cannot live without is "a challenge." Atticus is a hard-working, driven individual. He accepts the difficult task of defending Tom Robinson, and does not back down when faced with adversity. When Alabama's legislature meets to deal with the recent economic crisis, Atticus works diligently to fulfill his duties. He does not back down to the Old Sarum bunch, and accepts the challenge of shooting Tim Johnson when Sheriff Tate gives him the rifle. Atticus cannot simply live a mundane, uneventful life. He is a competitor who thrives off of adversity.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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