Sunday, April 1, 2012
A is for..........
A is for..........Atticus.
Atticus Finch is one of the most famous characters in American literature. While he's not my favorite character in To Kill a Mockingbird, that would have to be Ms. Jean Louise, he's certainly a close second.
Atticus is one of those rare characters that transcends the page to become a symbol in popular culture. He is a symbol for courage in the face of injustice, for decency and honor. Compare someone to Atticus Finch, and most people know what you mean. It is high praise indeed.
I've had this picture of Peck/Atticus in my classroom for years, and kids are always asking about the old guy in the rocking chair. Without batting an eye, I say he's my grandpa.
They buy it every time.
Once I've had my fun, I set them straight, encouraging them to watch the movie. Heck, if they're feeling crazy, they might even want to read the book. Who knows, it might just change their life.