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Atticus is a skilled lawyer who understands the limitations of his town. He is compassionate and always strives to do the right thing. Despite overwhelming disgust from the town Atticus is able to appeal to their hearts and minds; he is able to stir their conscience and sense of justice. In the end, even though their bigotry ends up getting the better of them, they all know the truth. Atticus is a man who leads by example.