Attorney Atticus Finch is the most respected man in Maycomb: As the moral conscience of the town, he is the person people turn to when they need advice or have a problem. A single parent, Atticus spends as much time as possible with his children, and he hopes that they, too, will turn to him when they need advice. He does give them a great deal of independence, however, and though the Depression allows them to have few luxuries, Atticus' children are never wanting for necessities. Atticus stresses a good education and a tolerant outlook toward other people. He avoids gossip, and he is colorblind when it comes to race: He treats white people and black people equally and, according to Miss Maudie, he acts
"... the same in his house as he is on the public streets."
A humble man who respects the privacy of others, Atticus' outlook toward humanity is a positive one, and he always tries to see the good in others. He even shows a bit of sympathy toward the Ewell family, whose patriarch, Bob, threatens Atticus and tries to kill his children. He understands Bob's actions, knowing that
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."