In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus is very honorable, reliable, and conscientious, and he does many great things that most people back in the 1930’s wouldn’t normally do; still today, many people are not like him. Atticus acted honorably, showed wisdom, bravery, and always did the things that he felt was the right thing to do. He taught Jem and Scout to also stand up for the things that they felt were right. Because of those good things, he has many friends and is respected in Maycomb.
The only bad thing is that when he agreed to defend a black person, it upset some people and even caused some people to do bad things to his family. Throughout the book, Atticus proves himself to be feeble, articulate, and benevolent. Jem considers Atticus as feeble because Jem thinks Atticus lacks physical strength. Jem says that Atticus is a lot older than the parents of the other kids at their school. The first sentence of Chapter 10 says that, “Atticus was feeble; he was nearly fifty” (89). In the 1930’s, when this story takes place, Atticus is very old for having kids who are so young.
Also, when Jem wants to play football, Atticus tells Jem that he is too old for tackling. Atticus can be described as articulate because he is a good speaker. He talks very clearly and in distinct syllables. He carefully chooses his words so that they cannot be misinterpreted and people will understand what he means. Atticus speaks clearly in all of his conversations as a lawyer and with everyone that knows him. People in Maycomb also relied on him to write contracts and to share his point-of-view. Atticus was very articulate when he told Jem that Mrs.
Dubose died and described her final wishes. Atticus shared that, “Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict,” and that “she took, it as a pain-killer for years. The doctor put her on it. ” (111) Atticus carefully explained to Jem what Mrs. Dubose’s final wishes were and why she acted the way that she did. Atticus always tries to do well to others without expecting much or anything in return, so therefore, he is benevolent. Atticus understood that the people in Maycomb were poor, and he accepted payment in whatever way people could pay him.
Early on in the book, Mr. Cunningham paid Atticus with a bag of hickory nuts. When Mr. Cunningham said that he did not know how he could pay him, Atticus said “Let that be the least of your worries, Walter” (20). Atticus shows benevolence throughout the whole book because he is always trying to help people. He even helps people as a lawyer if they aren’t able to pay him with money. In conclusion, Atticus proves himself to be feeble, articulate, and benevolent throughout the book.
Jem says that Atticus is feeble because he is older than the other fathers, and he lacks the physical strength to be tackled when playing football. Atticus is articulate because he is a good speaker and talks very clearly, distinctively and in a way that other people can understand. Also, he tries to help many people in Maycomb, and expects little to nothing in return, so he is benevolent. Atticus is very popular in Maycomb because he always tries to do what he thinks is right, tries to stop the rumors about the Radley’s and tries to stop racism with everyone that he comes in contact with.