To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How does Harper Lee develop the character of Atticus Finch throughout To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Harper Lee shows readers all of the characters in Maycomb through the eyes of a young child, Scout Finch. Readers see how characters interact with Scout; we share in what Scout sees, hears, and experiences. Early in the novel, Scout describes Atticus as a reserved older man. Her relationship with her father seems distant in some ways; this is particularly demonstrated by the fact that both Scout and Jem call their father by his first name: Atticus.

Scout begins chapter 10 with the exaggerated lines,

"Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty. . . . Our father didn't do anything. . . . Besides that, he wore glasses. He did not do the things our schoolmates' fathers did: he never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish or drink or smoke. He sat in the living room and read."

Scout thought that her father was a very old, boring, and weak individual at the start of the story. Though Atticus is far from actually being feeble, Scout recognizes that he is older than many of her friends' fathers....

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