What does Atticus look like and what aspects are important to and about him in To Kill a Mockingbird?
Also, can you please add all the adjectives that describe Atticus and at least three quotes from the novel by or about Atticus that symbolizes who he is.
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One of the most difficult things about trying to mentally picture Harper Lee's character in To Kill a Mockingbird is that no matter how hard you try, actor Gregory Peck is always omnipresent. I believe it is important to read a story and create your own mental image of the characters before allowing a motion picture to distort that view forever. Such is the case with Peck in the film version of TKAM. His Oscar-winning performance is one of the greatest in film history, and it is virtually impossible to think of Atticus without picturing Peck in his light suit and glasses, humbly imploring the jury to acquit Tom or playfully dealing with his tomboy daughter.
But sticking only to Lee's rather sparse descriptions from the novel, we know that Atticus, who is "nearly fifty," wears glasses--"he was nearly blind in his left eye and said left eyes were the tribal curse of the Finches." Although not athletic, he is fit--he walks virtually everywhere and rarely drives his car. He is tall (though his height is never specified), since his brother "Jack is a head shorter than Atticus" and has "graying black hair and square cut features." He usually wears a suit, vest and tie, and when he takes off his coat and loosens his tie in the courtroom, Scout compares it to him being "naked." Very little else is said concerning Atticus' appearance.
Atticus has a "profound distaste for the practice of criminal law," though he appears to be the quintessential example of an honest, liberal Southern attorney. He is proud to be of the "common folk," and reminds Scout that she is of the same stock. Miss Maudie claims that "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets"--he puts on no airs. As are most lawyers, he is an avid reader and, Jem proudly boasts, "Atticus is a gentleman, just like me."
Atticus is honest, loving, highly intelligent, humble and thoughtful--just as Gregory Peck plays him in the movie.