To Kill a Mockingbird character traits essay help (Atticus) Hi, i'm doing an essay on To Kill a Mocking, charactersbird which is based on the characters in the book. I have chosen Atticus but...

To Kill a Mockingbird character traits essay help (Atticus)

Hi, i'm doing an essay on To Kill a Mocking, charactersbird which is based on the characters in the book. I have chosen Atticus but I need 3 solid traits of Atticus that i can form my body paras with. Can you please help me out? I have come up with a couple myself but i am not too sure about them. With the traits please include some examples or quotes that support them. Thank- You and all help is greatly appreciated! :)

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jblederman | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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Atticus exhibits a reasonable distrust of certain aspects of society, particularly the justice and school systems. Evidence:

Chapter three: despite Scout being told by her teacher to stop reading at home, Atticus makes her a "compromise." He will continue to read to her if she continues to go to school. Look toward the end of chapter three for a quotation.

Atticus knows much more than he reveals, and like the lawyer he is, uses the information when it suits him the best. Evidence:

Chapter four: Atticus catches the children playing the Boo Radley game. Jem denies it. Atticus knows full well that Jem is lying, but doesn't confront the children until the end of chapter five, when he says, "Stop tormenting that man." Look at the ends of both chapters four and five for a quotation.

Chapter eleven has an excellent example of another of Atticus' character traits: saint-like patience and the ability to be incredibly sympathetic, even to people who appear to be awful human beings. Re-read that chapter and look for Atticus' discussion of Mrs. Dubose with Jem. There are plenty of good quotes for you to use.

Good luck!

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TRUSTING.  Atticus Finch generally exhibits a strong faith of human nature. One case in point is the payment he receives from Walter Cunningham Sr. for his legal services. Cunningham tells Atticus that he doesn't know when he'll ever be able to pay him.

    "Let that be the least of your worries, Walter," Atticus said.
...I asked Atticus if Mr. Cunningham would ever pay us.
    "Not in money," Atticus said, "but before the year's out, I'll have been paid. You watch."

Sure enough, Atticus was paid--with hickory nuts, smilax and holly, and turnip greens.

Atticus shows his trust in the Cunningham family again when he allows a juror (who he later identifies as "one of their connections") to remain seated for the Tom Robinson trial.

"On a hunch, I didn't strike him. Just on a hunch."

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