Who influenced Atticus? his core values/principles.

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One could argue that many factors influenced Atticus.  However, his main influences have stemmed from his upbringing.  Atticus’s family was one of the founding families in Finch’s Landing.  He came from a family of wealth, and prestige.  While his brother became a physician, his sister stayed on Finch’s Landing.  Atticus studied law.  To answer the question as to the factors that influenced Atticus, it might be easier to answer what did not influence Atticus.  Atticus was not influenced by the racist attitudes of the town, by those who wished he did not take Tom’s case, or by the racially intolerant laws of his time.  He was, however, influenced by his dedication to the law, and by his need to show his children that doing the right thing is not always the popular choice. 

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