Character Analysis Essay on Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)
There are many life lessons that can be learned to help people be successful. They can help people have better manners and act like a better person. There are many valuable life lessons for everyone to learn. Atticus taught Jem and Scout very useful lessons such as understanding perspectives, respect, and to fight for what they believe in. Atticus gave good advice to Scout and Jem about Understanding other people's perspectives. He explained to them, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…”. He is saying that until you understand what someone has been through and how their life goes, you cannot understand that person's point of view. When you get to know someone and understand their life then you can see in their perspective and understand why they do certain things. Once Scout learned to understand people, she became a more understanding and nicer person. In summary, the kids were taught by Atticus how to understand people and used the advice in the end. Atticus taught Jem and Scout how to be respectful of other people. Scout mentions his lesson by saying, “we were not to play an asinine game he had seen us playing or make fun of anybody on this street or in this town…”. The kids were told by Atticus that they need to respect people's privacy. When the kids tried disturbing Boo Radley, Atticus stopped them and made sure they would be more respectful. Another example of the kids being taught respect was when Jem had to read to Mrs Dubose. She was rude to them but Atticus made sure they learned that she needed respect when she was alive. To conclude, the kids learned to be respectful from listening to Atticus. Atticus worked hard to fight for what he believed in and the kids learned from him. Atticus explains to Scout, “Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one’s mine, I guess.”. Atticus believed that Tom Robinson was innocent and wanted to help him. An example of Scout fighting for what she believes in is when she gets in a fight with Cecil Jacobs and later her cousin Francis. They disliked that her dad was defending Tom so she fought for what she believed was right which is standing up for her dad and Tom. Although she physically fought them, she still fought for what was right. Later on she learns how to show her opinion without fighting. To sum up, the kids fought for what they thought was right after seeing Atticus help Tom in the trial.