On the surface, Mrs. Dubose and Atticus Finch have dramatically different personalities, views, and beliefs. Mrs. Dubose is an overt, extremely rude racist, who is not shy about expressing her prejudiced opinions, using vulgar language, and offending others. In contrast, Atticus is a morally upright gentleman who is polite, tolerant, and sympathetic.
Despite their many differences, Mrs. Dubose and Atticus Finch share some inherent character traits. Both characters are courageous individuals who face difficult obstacles head-on. Mrs. Dubose knows that she will pass away but courageously conquers her morphine addiction before she dies. Similarly, Atticus knows that he does not have a chance at winning the Tom Robinson trial but defends his client to the best of his ability. Both characters are also determined, self-motivated individuals. Mrs. Dubose and Atticus have their minds set to accomplish certain goals, and each character valiantly strives to attain what they desire. Both characters are also uniquely individual and true to themselves. Despite the opinions of others, Mrs. Dubose and Atticus abide by their own conscience and remain unaffected by their neighbors' feelings. Another similarity between both characters is their pure hearts. Despite Mrs. Dubose's racist personality and antagonistic nature, she reveals her pure heart by leaving a white camellia for Jem as a token of her appreciation and forgiveness.