To Kill A Mockingbird Dr. Collins
Topic: We admire Atticus as a compassionate father and lawyer
In To Kill A Mocking Bird Harper Lee depicts Atticus as a very appealing family man and lawyer who shows strong, moral sympathy for other people’s suffering. Atticus shows his compassion in many parts of the novel, three of these are when he tells Scout and Jem to stay away from Boo Radley, forcing Jem to read to Mrs Dubouse and the main one, accepting Tom Robinson’s court case.
Early on in the novel Jem and Scout are constantly toying with Boo Radley, the run into the Radleys yard, play out the front and then at one stage with Dill, sneak into their backyard and try to enter the house through one of the windows. Atticus sits ...view middle of the document...
She says "Your father is no better than the niggers and trash he works for!" right in front of the kids. This was the last straw for Jem, so she took Scouts newly bought baton and in a blind rage tears Mrs Dubouse’s garden apart. Atticus again shows compassion and forces Jem to read for her for a month. A month later Jem was told again to keep reading because Mrs Dubouse was a very sick old lady and wasn’t far off dying. More weeks go by and even after what she said about Atticus, he was there when she died.
The biggest showing of compassion by Atticus is when he accepts Tom Robinson’s court case. Tom was accused of the rape of Mayella Ewell, the only eye witness was Bob Ewell the lowest most ignorant man in Maycomb. The case continues for a number of weeks and Atticus is determined to keep Tom out of jail as he knows he is innocent with evidence shown and the fact that he a has a family at home. Atticus tries and tries until it’s up to the jury, “In the name of God, do your duty”. The verdict comes back as guilty. Although they lost it show that Atticus would take any case and therefore any obstacle put in his way.
Atticus Finch was one of the most prominent citizens in the whole of Maycomb County if not Alabama. He is calm, intelligent, sets great examples for his children and the people around him and is extremely compassionate. He shows compassion to those who are less fortunate like Boo, to people the mouth him off like Mrs Dubouse and to people like Tom Robinson who would usually be looked upon like dirt in the eyes of others. In the closing pages of To Kill A Mocking Bird Scout summarises her past two years and what her father had done and how it changed her life and others for the better.