Atticus Finch, a well-respected attorney and citizen of Maycomb county. He his admired as he consistently demonstrates respect, kindness and his ability to put himself in other peoples’ shoes. In the classic novel To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Atticus is the perfect example of the ideal man to the reader and other characters in the novel. While other parents disregard their child’s interests and curiosity, Atticus is always there to listen to Jem and Scout and answer to the best of his ability and gives them respect as if they were his age.
In the novel, when Scout disagrees with attending school, Atticus listens to her perspective but the explains the teacher’s. “I have a feeling that if you tell Miss Caroline we read every night she’ll get after me.” (Lee 32) Atticus cares so much for his children words cannot describe. He does his best to ensure Jem and Scout are getting a good education. Atticus does not simply tell Jem and Scout the proper way to behave but also informs them of why they should behave as such.
Jem strives to be like her father, “I wouldn’t care if he couldn’t do a blessed thing, Atticus is a gentleman just like me.” (131) Jem and Scout are taught to be courteous and kind no matter the race. Atticus is admired by Scout when he waves to Mrs. Dubose, “It was times like this when I thought my father…, was the bravest man who ever lived.
” (105) Atticus knows that underneath her mean, racist outer shell is a strong, kind and courageous elderly woman. Jem and Scout are not the only ones learning from Atticus’ benevolent wisdom, the reader can also learn so many valuable life lessons to be learned from him, like respect, kindness and selflessness. There is no question why the novel is still being read, and why it is such a beloved piece of literature.