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Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Quotes tagged as "atticus-finch" Showing of It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. I wish I could keep 'em all away from you.
Atticus cares deeply about the rights of individuals regardless of race, making him an important role model for his daughter, Scout, from whose perspective the novel is written. Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.
He is a lawyer living in a small town and a single father doing his best in raising his two kids — Jem and Scout. Atticus is as close to the perfect parent as we can only imagine. He is always attentive to his kids, ready to answer their questions, empathic and eager to explain them his own moral code. Atticus emphasizes that judgement of others is always flawed until one tries to think about the things making that others behave that way. As a lawyer, Atticus surely knows well what is judging a person — but we see him faithful to this principle to the end, even when almost all the town was against him.
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Here, Atticus articulates the central lesson he wants to convey to Scout, which is that empathy is the key to understanding others. By the end of the novel, Scout has begun using empathy to understand others. Atticus knows that by agreeing to defend Tom Robinson he has put himself and his family in line for some unpleasant experiences. Atticus is particularly interested in protecting his children from the ugliness around the trial, and here, he tries to convince Scout to ignore whatever abuse comes her way. Here Atticus is talking to Jem about Mrs. Here, Jem asks Atticus how the jury could find Tom Robinson guilty. Here, Atticus explains mob mentality, arguing that well-intentioned individuals can lose their basic humanity when they act together.
In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life. According to Atticus, there's just something about race that makes white people crazy. His holding up Jem as an exception because of his youth suggests that whatever that X factor is, it's learned and not innate and thus, perhaps can be changed through education? He also acknowledges, in case it wasn't already obvious, that law isn't a pure realm free of the prejudices that plague everyday life—it's subject to the same problems as society at large. Usually Atticus is a voice of hope for change, but here he flatly says that racism is a "fact of life," suggesting that losing Tom's case severely dented his optimism concerning human nature—or else that, having sat through the case, Jem is ready to hear a truer, grimmer version of how the world works, instead of the sanitized Disney version. I looked up, and his face was vehement.