Lessons in Manliness from Atticus Finch

7 Dec

It’s no secret that Atticus Finch is one of my favorite literary characters. Since I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, I have admired the lawyer from Maycomb County. I think my appreciation for Atticus Finch has grown as I have gotten older. As an adult, I aspire to demonstrate the commitment to integrity and compassion shown by this fictional character. Because of my admiration for Atticus, I was so excited to discover the article “Lessons on Manliness by Atticus Finch.” In this article, the authors demonstrate how Atticus exemplifies many important characteristics of manhood, even though he may not be very “‘manly,’ at least when measured by the modern rubric for manliness.” The article refers to Atticus’s moral character, empathy, commitment to justice, and “lead by example” approach to parenting. The characteristics of manhood mentioned in this article contrast with our culture’s definition of manliness (which seems to be more in line with Two and a Half Men). In the words of Flannery O’Connor, it seems “a good man is hard to find.” If you haven’t read this article, check it out right away!

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