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Summary Article: Finch, Atticus
from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

The central character in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). Atticus Finch is an enlightened and humane lawyer defending a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1930s Alabama. Although he cannot overcome the prejudice of the jury, he maintains his integrity and sets a fine moral example to his children. Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus in the 1962 film version of the novel.

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