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FC: Atticus' Life By: Adrianna Herrman and Kaitlin Loegering Hour 2

2: My name is Atticus Finch. I have two kids named Scout and Jem. Scout is my friendly yet somewhat short-tempered daughter and Jem is my strong maturing son. Calpurnia is my very compassionate and helpful maid and Alexandra is my sister who is living with us currently. Alexandra and I often argue with each other, but I still love her. By many I have been told that I am intelligent, modest, and friendly to everyone. I try to pass these characteristics onto my children. One talent of mine is my ability to shoot a rifle quite well. One of my beliefs is that education is important, just like equal rights and equal treatment for everyone and I try to explain this to my children.

3: I am a lawyer in the town of Maycomb. I will defend anyone, of any race, of any background, and will uphold their position with great determination. One interesting case I received involved an innocent African American man convicted of raping a white woman. I was assigned to defend the African American man who was named Tom Robinson. This case and trial was an important part of my life. I am sorry that my kids had to go through troubles at school but I am not sorry nor will I ever be that I defended Tom Robinson. One interest of mine is that I love to read and learn. One of my major things that I try to advocate is that you cannot disagree with a person or their actions without first putting yourself in their shoes and imagine what it would be like if that was you.

4: My two kids are the most important people in my life. First, I will talk about my son Jem. Jem is a smart, kind, strong minded, trustworthy kid. Jem is so easy to talk to. We can talk about anything and you can always find the two of us out front throwing a ball around. I admire my son because he put his life in danger just to save Scout. He is a great older brother trying to prevent Scout from doing wrong. He is also a great son because he is so understanding. Another quality that I admire about him is his belief in equal rights.

5: Another important person in my life is my daughter Scout. We have a really close relationship. I can go to her and ask her for simple advice and she can come to me when she has problems with others. She is very bold, smart, entertaining and assertive. After I get home from work we are always in the living room reading to each other. Scout is such a good listener. Scout will stand up for who and what she believes in and I admire her greatly for that.

6: One of the most important events in my life so far is the Tom Robinson trial. In this trial, I was assigned to defend Tom Robinson, an innocent African American man convicted of raping a white lady. The time around the trial my children were getting called bad names and getting into fights at school because I, a white man, was defending an African American man. I spent hours and hours preparing for this case. In the back of my mind, I thought that there was a slight possibility that Tom would be declared innocent and that this trial could make history. Towards the end of the trial many people were agreeing with me. Unfortunately, just because Judge Taylor, the audience, and the opposing lawyer was convinced of Tom's innocence the jury still declared Tom as guilty. I had given a flawless case, but the fact was that Maycomb was not ready to side with an black citizen over a white citizen.

7: Another event that has happened to me recently occurred last Halloween night. My children Jem and Scout were coming home from a performance up at their school. They were walking home when it was very dark and cloudy outside. Jem and Scout heard footsteps rustling in the leaves behind them. After a while the person following them attacked them. This person was Bob Ewell. Boo Radley heard Scout yelling so he ran outside and saved my children. Jem received a broken arm and became unconscious while Scout's costume protected her minus a few bumps and bruises. The doctor said they would both be fine. I am so thankful for Mr. Radley.

8: An important artifact in my life is a shotgun. I was told to shoot a rabid dog coming to my town and I killed it in one shot. My children never knew I could do such a thing. I never let my kids know about my talent because I do not like showing off my talent especially since God has given me such a great advantage over all other creatures. My children and I still remember that rabid dog and my shooting skills till this day.

9: Another important artifact in my life is my front porch swing. I have seen so many good memories on that swing. When there was the first snow that my kids had ever saw before, I had been watching them build their first snowman while sitting on the swing. I was also on the porch swing when I was talking to Boo Radley about saving my kids lives on Halloween night. And other times I just went out on the swing to relax when life was becoming too hectic.

10: I try to teach everyone that I know, especially my two children Jem and Scout that it is not right to judge anyone under any circumstances. No matter what someone looks like or acts like or what rumors have been said about them they could still be a good person. There is no reason to be judgmental or bias against someone because of their skin color, gender, amount of education they have, religion, or anything else. I am a lawyer and I am quite aware of the saying everyone is innocent until proven guilty and I am a strong believer in this saying. To prevent judgment I advocate that instead of judging, you should imagine yourself as that person. | "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." -To Kill A Mockingbird (p.30)

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