Explain Atticus Finch's reputation as a father, brother, lawyer, and as a neighbor in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Atticus Finch has a stellar reputation as a father, brother, lawyer, and neighbor in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is depicted as a morally upright man who takes the time to teach his children valuable life lessons and instill a sense of integrity in them. Atticus not...

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Atticus Finch has a stellar reputation as a father, brother, lawyer, and neighbor in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is depicted as a morally upright man who takes the time to teach his children valuable life lessons and instill a sense of integrity in them. Atticus not only gives his children significant life lessons but also acts as a positive role model to them. Atticus lives his truth by valiantly defending Tom Robinson and demonstrating real courage when faced with adversity. Atticus is also a loyal brother, allowing Alexandra to live with him and help raise Scout. Despite disagreeing with Alexandra on several important issues, Atticus is a compassionate, thoughtful brother who genuinely cares about his sister's opinion. Atticus is also extremely close to his brother and even helped pay John's college tuition.

Atticus is regarded as one of the best lawyers in the county and is specially selected by Judge Taylor to defend Tom Robinson because he knows that Atticus will present the truth. Atticus is an intelligent man, and the members of his community are aware that he is well read and knowledgeable about the law. Atticus is also a beloved neighbor, who is friendly to everyone and goes out of his way to help anyone in need. Atticus even has a positive relationship with Mrs. Dubose and is elected to represent Maycomb County in the state legislature. Despite the fact that the majority of Atticus's prejudiced neighbors disagree with his decision to defend Tom Robinson, they remain amicable with him and come to his aid when necessary.

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Atticus is considered exemplary in nearly every respect. He is obviously the finest lawyer in the town, a fact that Judge Taylor already recognized when he handpicked him to represent Tom Robinson. As a neighbor, he is liked and, more importantly, respected by nearly everyone in the town. Additionally, he runs unopposed each term for his seat in the Alabama legislature. As a brother, he helped put his younger sibling, Jack, through medical school; it is Jack who comes each year at Christmas to visit Atticus and the children, and it is Atticus who Jack seeks out for advice. Although some people do not consider Atticus the perfect father (particularly sister Alexandra), it is obvious that he cares for his children and teaches them by setting the perfect example for them. He allows them more freedom than the average parents, but Jem and Scout rarely forget the advice given to them before making an important decision.

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