What are examples of ways that Atticus Finch is generous, open-minded and brave ?I have chosen to write a paper about him and I'm having a lot of trouble finding those characteristics in the book...

What are examples of ways that Atticus Finch is generous, open-minded and brave ?

I have chosen to write a paper about him and I'm having a lot of trouble finding those characteristics in the book even though I know those suit him.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are probably a lot more than just these, but I can think of at least one example for each off the top of my head.

He is generous.  We see that because he is willing to do legal work for Walter Cunningham even though Cunningham can't really pay.  He will take his "pay" whenever and in whatever form they can manage.

He is open-minded.  He gives Calpurnia much more respect than most people give their black servants.  In fact, he does not really treat her like a servant.

He is brave to defend Tom Robinson at all, and he is brave in particular when he faces the mob that comes to lynch Tom.  He could have been killled...

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Atticus Finch shows many examples of these traits during the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

GENEROUS.  Perhaps Atticus best shows his generosity when he chooses to defend Tom Robinson. He knows that it will bring scorn to him as well as his family, but he takes the case because he realizes Tom will not receive proper defense from anyone else. 

OPEN-MINDED.  Atticus treats all people the same. He seems to be color-blind at a time when most Southerners did not treat African-Americans in an equal manner. He shows respect to all women (something lacking in many of the characters and townspeople of Maycomb). He gives his children more independence than most parents would at any time, giving them proper guidance in the hopes that they will grow into responsible adults.

BRAVERY.  In addition to standing up alone to the lynch mob that came for Tom Robinson, Atticus shows his bravery by staunchly defending Tom--and ultimately antagonizing Bob Ewell.

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