Atticus Finch: The moral backbone of Maycomb The 1930’s is a very dark time for us, where racism is very abundant and money is hard to come across, but there is one man who can shine through that darkness. That man is Atticus Finch. He is a lawyer, a single father of two, and is a resident of the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, from the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the story, he encounters a large amount of difficulties that show his honour, wisdom, and courage.
Whether those problems are from his children, the townspeople, or from a rabid dog walking down the street. He is also very moral person, possibly even the most moral in all of Maycomb. In chapter nine of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout tells Atticus that other townspeople are saying he is wrong for defending Tom Robinson, so he explains to Scout, “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled 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” (Lee 139-140). This shows that Atticus is fully capable to accept other people’s opinions, but he will not change his own if the majority of people are against him, because if he did, he would be unable to accept himself. He also firmly sticks to his beliefs.
This is shown in many occasions within the book, but one example is when he defends Tom Robinson in court while many people were ridiculing him, showing that he believes that one should always do the right thing, regardless of how difficult it is