At­ti­cus Finch in To Kill A Mock­ing­bird by Harper Lee

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Reads - – Suzanne Laza­roo

I FIRST met At­ti­cus Finch when I was in my teens, and he did for me what any fa­ther should ... what my own fa­ther ac­tu­ally did. He taught me to be a per­son.

Ob­vi­ously, we are shaped by many forces through­out our lives, but At­ti­cus has cast a long and beloved shadow over mine till to­day, and he means more to me than I can prop­erly ar­tic­u­late.

Over gen­er­a­tions he has taught com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy for ev­ery­one – from a black man wrongly ac­cused to a reclusive and bul­lied neigh­bour to a crotch­ety old lady de­ter­mined to die “be­holden to noth­ing and no­body”.

But his most valu­able les­son has al­ways been to fight for what is right, even when you know you might lose the bat­tle; to have the courage to stand alone out on that limb. We have to keep the larger war in sight – like At­ti­cus, as long as we fight the good fight, we will win.

Gre­gory Peck is ‘per­fect dad’ At­ti­cus Finch and Mary Bad­ham is Scout Finch in the 1962 film ver­sion of To Kill A Mock­ing­bird. — Movie still

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