Dads of Literature – Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)

by jeanineoloughlin

Atticus Finch

“‘First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 1960)

Today we celebrate Father’s Day, a day to say thank you and appreciate the man who raised you to be who you are or who you will be. A parent is a great influence on their children and I feel Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird really embraces that idea. If you haven’t read the book yet… stop reading this right now and go pick it up. During the Civil Rights Movement a book about a caucasian lawyer defending an african-american man who has been accused of raping a young caucasian woman in Alabama during The Great Depression.

Even with the entire town and the time’s social stigmas against him Atticus strives to represent Tom Robinson to the best of his ability and prove his innocence which he believes in. I won’t spoil the ending for those who haven’t read the book, but throughout the trial and all of the events surrounding it Atticus strives to teach his children to represent what’s right and good even if the whole world is against you. To always consider what it’s like to be someone else before you can truly understand them. It’s an idealism that I try to live up to in my own life.

Happy Father’s Day!