Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Badass Of The Day: Atticus Finch

          If you've read To Kill a Mockingbird, you couldn't have missed what was the impressive character of Atticus Finch. For those of you who don't know him, Atticus was a lawyer who was appointed to defend a Negro. In the 1930's, in a Southern county in the U.S., and naturally he was hated by most. But what makes him stand with more dignity than the rest?

Is it his suit?
           First of all, he treated everybody with respect, no matter if they were black or white, rich or poor, and without considering whether he was mutually treated well or not. He knew how to defuse a situation that got hot, and always kept his cool.

           As a lawyer, he always knew where to look. Even when convincing testimonies were given, he could analyze the situation through aspects that others wouldn't even think of first, like asking for a man to write his name just to figure out which was his strong hand. He was capable of giving a convincing speech, a skill that every man should be able to master, and even facing injustice he could keep a straight face and look his opponent in the eye. 

            Concerning his temper, there are a few scenes in which he's indignated past the point where a normal man would bring up his fists (or any weapon they had on them for that matter), and yet he keeps calm. A man spits in his face, and Atticus takes a step forward, intimidates the other man for a second, and wipes his face off. In another scene a mob tries to kill the man he's defending, and he steps in front without flinching once, even at the end of a shotgun barrel.

Even with children beside him, he kept his cool.
             Atticus was also an exemplary father. He teached his children to be open minded and intelligent, and he actually reminds me of both my parents in a sense. Of my mother because he teached his children to love to read, and to respect others no matter the situation, and of my father because when I began to read I began to have questions and some of these concerned heavy topics such as murder and other sorts of problems, but whenever I asked him, he wouldn't wave me off, he would explain to me in a way I could understand and not be emotionally scarred, and that's an aspect I truly admire in Atticus. Also, he's not a hypocrite, he lives by his lessons.

          There's also a plus. The man has his skills. Aside from being an awesome lawyer all around and having some intense public speaking skills, he was known to be the best shot in all of Maycomb County, and even without having practiced in a few years, he applied it well.

           So, yeah, a badass lawyer, badass father, an exemplary man all-around. All men should aspire to be like Atticus Finch, of course, not exactly the same, in the end you can only be yourself, even though it sounds cliché, but it is a trademark of wise men to learn from others' mistakes and successes, and this man isn't even real, even though he's just a character, he's a character you can learn a lot from.

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