How is Atticus portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Atticus is portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird as an exemplary human being. As depicted through Scout's eyes, he is a person of integrity, generosity, courage, and modesty. He is also a loving and caring parent.

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Atticus is shown to the reader through the eyes of Scout, his feisty daughter, as a model human being. Over the course of the novel, Scout develops a more and more mature appreciation of her father's exemplary character.

Scout, writing as an adult looking back on her childhood, portrays...

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Atticus is shown to the reader through the eyes of Scout, his feisty daughter, as a model human being. Over the course of the novel, Scout develops a more and more mature appreciation of her father's exemplary character.

Scout, writing as an adult looking back on her childhood, portrays Atticus, first and foremost, as a man of integrity. It is very clear that he mounts a true defense of Tom Robinson because it is the right thing to do: as far as he is concerned, he would not be able to look his children in the eye or hold his head up in the community if he did not do the best possible job to defend Tom. This puts him at odds with the white community of Maycomb, which expects a black man who has been accused of rape by a white to be found guilty, but Atticus does not care. He puts his integrity ahead of pleasing others.

Scout also portrays Atticus as a generous and good-hearted man who loves his neighbors and sees the good in them despite their flaws, a lesson he tries to pass on to Scout. For example, although Mrs. Dubose is a sharp-tongued woman who constantly insults the children and Atticus, he insists that the children read to her as she battles her morphine addiction. He does not view her as difficult person as much as a person of rare courage in facing and defeating an addiction before she dies.

Atticus is a person of courage, such as when he kills a rabid dog. He is, too, a modest man who refuses to brag about or take credit for God-given gifts like his ability at sharp shooting.

Atticus loves his children and is a caring father who teaches them important lessons about integrity, generosity, courage, and modesty.

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