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Banned Book Character Connection: Atticus Finch

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Character Connection
We all have characters we love. Let's spotlight these fantastic creations! Whether you want to be friends with them or you have a full-blown crush on them, you know you love them and want everyone else to love them too!

Most of you will probably post about how much you love each character, but this is a great place for the more creative ones among you to let go and have fun! Write a love letter to Captain Wentworth. Write yourself into a scene with Anne and Diana. Draw a picture of yourself in Jamie's arms. The possibilities are endless.

Be sure to post the book's title and author, and be very careful not to give away spoilers while talking about how much you love your characters.

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I love Atticus Finch. My husband knows and he's okay with it.

Atticus is everything that a true man should be. His values are honest and good and he isn't afraid to stand up for them. He teaches his children his values. He doesn't look at a person and see the color of his or her skin; he sees their intrinsic worth. He persists in doing the right thing despite threats from the ignorant people in the community. In a trial that would have left most lawyers simply going through the motions, Atticus persists in seriously defending a black man. He has hidden talents and he doesn't feel the need to show off. He is a widower who is doing his very best to raise his intelligent, challenging children alone. When his daughter Scout comes to him in tears because she's been told by her teacher that she can't read anymore, he finds a compromise and promises her that they'll still read together at home. He is the very epitome of what manhood should strive to be.

Read some of these quotes I pulled off GoodReads.  I think Atticus said them all, but if I'm wrong, they're something he would agree with.
"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
"Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win."
 These were said about Atticus:
"There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them."
"He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning."
"We're paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple."
I avoided the movie for a long time because I love the book so much.  After hearing many, many, many rave reviews about it, I finally gave it a try.  Gregory Peck is absolutely perfect as Atticus.

I was blown away when I realized that To Kill a Mockingbird is frequently banned. It's number 21 on the American Library Association's list of the top banned/challenged books for this decade. The reason most often given is racism. This book is the very antithesis of racism. There are racists in here, but they are made to look like ignorant fools. The focus of the book is Atticus's personal creed of tolerance and equality. Man. *shaking head*

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5 comments:

  1. Ah Atticus. You have ruined me for other men.

    Especially when I see you brought to life by Gregory Peck. Yowza.

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  2. Atticus Finch is one of my favorites! Great choice! :)

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  3. This is a great choice of character! Atticus Finch is one of the best characters ever written. I agree, he is the epitome of what humankind should strive for and he is a true role model for everyone. I would love to know someone like Atticus Finch.

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  4. There are so many times that I wished that Atticus Finch was my dad. Gregory Peck was one of the best casting jobs EVER.

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  5. I wrote on TKAM myself last week. I was doing a re-read as a b-day present to myself and encouraged another blogger to read along - she was the opposite of you - had always loved the movie and never bothered with the book. She of course fell in love. She was surprised that he was a bit stand-offish, but his reserved style crumbles when Scout climbs in his lap. I always felt that he constantly worried about whether he was doing right by his children and whether he was raising them the best way - but then decided to just raise them the only way he knew - with respect and honesty - the same way he treated everyone else.

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