If the Good Lord ever chooses to bless me by granting me a male offspring, it is imperative the firstborn child's name be Atticus.
Atticus Finch is the greatest protagonist in film history. Without being Christ Himself, without having to suffer a torturous death in the third act, Atticus Finch, our humble Father in "To Kill a Mockingbird", emulates the greatest qualities a man can ever hope to attain.
A cursory list of the attributes of Atticus Finch follows:
Atticus is brutal in his exertion of strength. Watch the scene where he shoots the rabid dog. He doesn't flinch. His execution of wrath is just and wholly swift. If this man were to choose to make you an enemy, you would not survive his justice.
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also."*
Atticus is fiercely intelligent. There's a reason that despite receiving a unanimous verdict against his defendant, Mr. Finch is greeted with honor and respect by his defendant's peers. In the courtroom, Atticus mops the floor with the prosecution's ridiculous story. He pubicly humiliates them. And in return for having been shamed, the townspeople choose evil. They're insipid ideologies are no match for Finch's ferocious genius.
"If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two."
"Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you."
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?"
"Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Jesus Christ is the only perfect man who ever lived. The call to emulate his life is impossible. Examples like Atticus Finch are as rare as they are precious.
*All italicized quotes from Matthew 5:38-48, New American Standard