How do the people in Maycomb view Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird?I have to write an essay discussing the quote, "Atticus is an example of upholding good morals." I have to make close reference to...

How do the people in Maycomb view Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird?

I have to write an essay discussing the quote, "Atticus is an example of upholding good morals." I have to make close reference to the book. Pleeease help.

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Although many people in Maycomb do not approve of Atticus' decision to represent Tom Robinson, Atticus nevertheless commands the respect of most of Maycomb's citizens. The fact that Atticus serves as Maycomb's representative to the Alabama state legislature and runs unopposed each term is testament to his stature in the town. The townspeople know that Atticus is an honest and humble man who will assist his neighbors--either legally or personally--in any way he can. Atticus often accepts trade goods as payment for legal services, and he often waits until his client is able to repay him. Many townspeople disapprove of Atticus' defending Robinson, but they know he will represent him to the best of his ability. As one Maycomb man commented,

"Yeah, but Atticus aims to defend him. That's what I don't like about it."

Atticus' respect among Maycomb's Negro population is obvious when they stand in unison to honor him as he leaves the courtroom. His close friends recognize that he is the heart and soul of the town. Miss Maudie tells Jem and Scout,

"... there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them...
     "We're so rarely called on to be Christians, but when we are, we've got men like Atticus to go for us."

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