Lessons in Manliness from Atticus Finch | The Art of Manliness

By Ben • education • 5 Feb 2011

Yes, Atticus may not seem very “manly,” at least when measured by the modern rubric for manliness.

But it is the subtly of his manliness, the way he carried himself, taught his children, made his choices, that makes his manliness all the more real, all the more potent. His manhood was not displayed in great showy acts but in quiet, consistent strength, in supreme self-possession. The manliness of Atticus Finch does not leap off the page; instead, it burrows its way inside of you, sticks with you, causes your soul to say, “Now that is the kind of man I wish to be.”

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