What is Atticus's relationship with Maycomb like in the book To Kill a Mockingbird?

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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee created an amazing character in Atticus Finch. His name is synonymous with all things good and right. The people of Maycomb respected him and what he had to say. He was well liked. Atticus was the town attorney and also Maycomb's representative in the Alabama state legislature in Montgomery. He also ran unopposed, and this goes to show us what kind of man he was, and how well he knew his town and people. Atticus was a fair and just man. He often took cases for people who couldn't afford to pay him cash, so he accepted crops in exchange for his services. In chapter one, we see exactly the relationship Atticus has with Maycomb.

He liked Maycomb, he was Maycomb County born and bred; He knew he people, they knew him, and because of Simon Finch's industry, Atticus was related by blood or marriage to nearly every family in the town.

By being born and raised in Maycomb, Atticus is trusted by the townspeople. Although some of the people talk badly about Atticus when he takes the case of Tom Robinson, the people still hold a deep respect for him. It is not just the white people who respect him, the black community respects him as well. Atticus just knew the people of Maycomb, and he never acted like he was ever any better than anyone else, and this is a character trait he passed on to his children. Atticus Finch is a character who will live forever, thanks to the remarkable Harper Lee. 

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