To Kill A Mockingbird: analytical essay10A
“We trust him to do right…”
What role does Atticus play in the lives of his children and in the town of Maycomb?


Atticus plays the role of the moral backbone of Maycomb. He is respected by the people of Maycomb as a wise and intelligent lawyer and parent. He plays an important role in the fight for justice in his hometown of Maycomb and in the lives of his beloved children Scout and Jem as he raises them with intelligent advice and teaches them about different people in life. Atticus is a role model to his children and is greatly admired while he skillfully fights for the justice of the black community and raises his children at the same time.


Atticus is a prominent, relatively well off lawyer in Maycomb and because of his penetrating intelligence, calm wisdom, and exemplary behavior, he is respected by everyone, including the very poor. But it was his conscience that makes him so admirable that was to blame for his falling out with the people of Maycomb when he agreed to defend Tom Robinson, a black member of Maycomb, as he was unable to abide the town’s comfortable ingrained racial prejudice. Atticus\'s action makes him the object of scorn in Maycomb, but he is simply too impressive a figure to be scorned for long. So even after the disrespect for defending the black community that Atticus received from Maycomb, and after the trial, Maycomb still seem to hold him in the same high regard as before.




Because of Atticus’s reputation in being a wise, intelligent and broadminded individual, he may not have been judged as harshly by Maycomb when he chose to defend Tom than if it were some other lawyer. Even though they automatically follow the regular prejudice ways when it comes to taking sides in racial differences, the people of Maycomb seemed to consider that maybe Atticus has the right perspective at looking at the racial problems in Maycomb. Atticus practices the ethic of sympathy and understanding and never holds a grudge against the people of Maycomb. Despite their callous indifference to racial inequality, Atticus sees much to admire in them. He recognizes that people have both good and bad qualities, and he is determined to admire the good while understanding and forgiving the bad.


Throughout the novel, Atticus maintains his consistency of his ways as he stands rigidly committed to justice and thoughtfully willing to view matters from the perspectives of others. This is a virtue to the upbringing of Scout and Jem as Atticus continues to give wise advice to his children during the tough times of the Great Depression and racial differences and dilemmas in Maycomb at the time. He displays this many times, one example; when he urges Jem and Scout to leave Boo Radley alone and not to judge him when they don’t know him, and to look at things ‘as if you were to put their skin on and walk around in it’.


Atticus is dearly loved and admired by his children. Ironically, though Atticus is a heroic figure in the novel and a respected man in Maycomb, neither Jem nor Scout consciously idolizes him at the beginning of the novel. Both are embarrassed that he is older than other fathers and that he doesn\'t hunt or fish. But Atticus\'s wise parenting, which he sums up in Chapter 30 by saying, "Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I\'ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him," ultimately wins their respect. By the end of the novel, Jem in particular, is fiercely devoted to Atticus (Scout, still a little girl, loves him uncritically).


Atticus believes that there is good in everyone and to always look at things from their perspective before judging. He passes this great moral lesson on to Scout—this perspective protects the innocent from being destroyed by contact with evil. Scout is who she is because of the way Atticus has raised her. He has nurtured her mind, conscience, and individuality without bogging her down in fussy social hypocrisies and notions of propriety.


Though his children\'s attitude toward him evolves, Atticus is characterized throughout the book by his absolute consistency. He does not develop in the novel