What makes Atticus Finch a respectful person? 

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Atticus Finch is a respectful individual because he follows his conscience by choosing to defend a black man in front of a prejudiced jury. Despite the overwhelming odds against him winning the case, Atticus accepts the challenge because it is the right thing to do. He does not listen to the racist community members and fearlessly defends Tom Robinson several times throughout the novel. Atticus does not compromise his morals and stands up for his beliefs. Atticus is also respected because he is a fair man. He gives people the benefit of the doubt and is a tolerant, empathetic individual. He accepts Walter Cunningham's form of payment, helps Mrs. Dubose break her addiction, and represents Maycomb in the Alabama legislature. Atticus is an honest man who is trusted with great responsibility throughout his community which is why he is respected.

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