Atticus Finch is a man of integrity. Integrity means doing the right thing, even if it results in becoming unpopular or putting yourself at risk. Atticus shows his integrity when he mounts a fair defense for Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman. In doing so, Atticus breaks the unwritten Southern code that says that whites should always stick together against blacks. At the trial, the black community in Maycomb shows its respect for Atticus for giving Tom Robinson a fair defense. Scout writes,
I looked around. They were standing. All around us and in the balcony on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet. Reverend Syke’s voice was as distant as Judge Taylor’s:
“Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.”
Atticus is also a person of empathy . He is able to put himself in other people's shoes and understand why they might be suffering or how to deal with them effectively. He counsels...
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