Atticus ‘Awesome’ Finch

Day 4, May 4th, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it.

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One time I read a book, and my life changed since then.

One of my favorite books of all time is Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. It changed my view about a lot of things. My all-time favorite male literary character was from that book. It’s none other than… *drum rolls* Atticus Finch! I think he’s a very good representation of a rational being in an irrational world. That quote was my favorite especially when he was treating Scout not as a child, but as a mature individual. When he lectured Scout about trying to accept the fact how people may act or behave in a particular way, I couldn’t help but to reassess my attitude towards a lot of things and people.

Because of Atticus and the things he said, I realize that I should be more understanding of other people. Whenever there are things, people or happenings that I can’t comprehend, I try to remember what he said. No matter how hard it is to completely understand or accept a thing, I always see to it that I try my best to decipher what looks something to me like a code about what makes something like that.

When it comes to people, no matter how annoying they seem to me, I make a point of knowing how they dress, speak, react in a certain way. I want to try to be in their shoes and even though I know it’s not possible because we do have different shells we’re trying to fit ourselves into, it wouldn’t hurt for me to try.

I always thought that if only there would be more Atticus-like human being in this world, this place would be a brighter one. That’s why he’s my role model and as much as possible, I try to mimic his way of thinking. That way I hope I can be of help to other people. Instead of being an instigator, I can somehow make everything run smooth. How? I don’t exactly know how but one thing is for sure. Nobody would ever know fragile or strong someone’s heart is and how much pain they went through. We’ll never know how much effort they have exerted to protect those eyes from shedding tears, and those heart from aching too often.

Until next time! DFTBA, stranger! 🙂


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16 thoughts on “Atticus ‘Awesome’ Finch

  1. I love that book and really that is such a great quote. I am a third culture kid (TCK) and i love finding out about other peoples backgrounds and cultures, but being back in the US the parts of me that have come from the countries I have lived many times get confused or looked at in a negative light. We should embrace the differences in others.

    Found your blog through the link up.
    Bonnie Rose | a Compass Rose

  2. What really frustrates me is that yes, To Kill a Mockingbird is a fantastic book! Along with The Scarlet Letter, Hamlet, and all those other ones you hated reading in high school. But the frustrating part is that they force you to read them. I’ll always remember my first time reading this book being forced to, not because I wanted to.

    • Awww that sucks but what’s really important is that we had the chance to read it, right? This book wasn’t required in our school (maybe because we focused more on Greek tragedies, Philippine literature and whatnot). I just read when I started getting addicted to reading. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by, Kara! Appreciated.

  3. What a great quote. I think this is important too. Unfortunately, I don’t think the majority of people consider others do not feel or think or have similar experiences as one another. Which is too bad really.

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