Atticus Finch

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Atticus Finch by Mind Map: Atticus Finch


1.1. Polite

1.1.1. "We've done business in this court for years and years, and Mr Finch is always courteous to everybody. He's not trying to mock you, he is trying to be polite. That is just his way." p186 Always acts very politely

1.2. Fair

1.2.1. One morning Jem and I found a load of stovewood in the back yard. Later, a sack of hickory nuts appeared on the back steps. With Christmas came a crate of smilax and holly. That spring when we found a crokersack full of turnip greens, Atticus said Mr. Cunningham had more than paid him. p26 Atticus understands that the Cunninghams cannot pay for his services in the normal manner and is willing to let them pay in their own time.

1.3. Understanding

1.3.1. "If spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that's something I'll gladly take." Bob Ewell spits on him but Atticus does not retaliate, even though he had every right to. Atticus understands the consequences of Bob Ewell's actions even if they were wrong.


2.1. Sorrow

2.1.1. "It tears him to pieces. He doesn't show it much but it tears him to pieces.' p240 Atticus is very upset.

2.2. Concerned

2.2.1. "You can't go around making caricatures of the neighbours." Atticus is concerned that the snowman caricature of Mr Avery may offend him.

2.3. Worried

2.3.1. "Go home, Jem," he said. "Take Scout and Dill home." Atticus realises that his children are in a dangerous situation and orders them to go home.


3.1. Respected

3.1.1. His attitude and behaviour earned him respect from those community members who matter. He is well respected by some and despised by others, thanks to his politeness and fairness towards everyone.

3.2. Equal

3.2.1. Mrs Dubose describes him as a 'nigger-lover'. Atticus sees everyone as equal.

3.3. Close

3.3.1. Jem and I found our father satisfactory: he played with us, read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment. p6 They would have preferred if he played football but they still love him.


4.1. Quality

4.1.1. He wore glasses and was 'nearly blind in his left eye.' p99 He wears glasses.

4.2. Quality

4.2.1. Atticus is a middle aged man, nearly 50. He's middle aged.

4.3. Quality

4.3.1. Brown hair turning gray Brown hair turning gray..