What are  two characteristics of Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird?I'm supposed to write two paragraphs analyzing the character of Atticus but I have no idea what it's talking about. I also need...

What are  two characteristics of Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird?

I'm supposed to write two paragraphs analyzing the character of Atticus but I have no idea what it's talking about. I also need two specific examples from the book.

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am assuming you need to write about two characteristics of Atticus, correct? So you need to decide what he is like as a man, and then find examples in the novel that illustrate this. I will get you started.

In the beginning of the novel, Scout and Jem don't think their dad is much like the other dads - he doesn't go hunting or anything "manly" like that. They don't even know he knows how to shoot a gun. And then the dog with rabies shows up, and the sherriff tells Atticus to get his gun and shoot the dog. The children are surprised, but Atticus does get his gun and shoots the dog dead on the very first shot. The children then learn that Atticus is a crack shot.

So, what does this show about Atticus? He is humble. He did not go around bragging about what a good shot he was, and his children did not even know he possessed this skill.

What else? Think about it. Who was the only man in the novel with enough courage to defend a black man? Atticus. So he is courageous.

You get the idea.................

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