What are some character traits of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird? How are they illustrated in the novel?

Character traits of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird include honesty, courage, fairness, and tolerance. Atticus's positive character traits are depicted by his thoughts, actions, and life lessons. Throughout the story, Lee portrays Atticus's positive attributes by illustrating how he responds to adversity and interacts with his children, family members, and neighbors.

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In Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is depicted as a thoughtful, honest man, who is morally upright and tries his best to instill positive values in his children. Lee illustrates Atticus's positive character traits through his actions, relationships, and numerous life lessons.

Atticus practices tolerance by sympathizing with Mrs. Dubose, Walter Cunningham, and even the malevolent Bob Ewell. Atticus also encourages his children to treat others with respect and exercise perspective in order to sympathize and understand people. In chapter 3, Atticus tells Scout,

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 (Lee, 30).

Atticus is also a fair, humble man who believes that it is important to protect innocent, defenseless beings and people. Atticus not only tells Jem and Scout that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird but also lives his truth by valiantly defending Tom Robinson in...

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