In “To kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch, a well-known and respected man must resist the pressures of societal norms as he represents a black man in the rural South in the 1930s. Thought his equality, bravery, and education, Atticus proves that family values are more important what the town thinks is right.First, Atticus shows equality to all those he comes in contact with. A black man named Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white woman. Atticus decides to take on the case to defend Tom without another thought simply because he treats everyone equally. From the moment he agrees to defend Tom, he knows right away that it is a case he will not win. However, when his daughter Scout asks why he is defending Tom, he tells her that he must argue it to uphold his keen sense of justice and self-respect, and explains that, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win”(Lee 76). Furthermore, when Jem brings home Walter Cunningham, Atticus is nice enough to let him stay for lunch and treats him equal. He never looks down on him even though he is Cunningham, who are poor farmers. Atticus greets Walter and being to discussion about crop that “neither Jem nor I could fellow”(Lee 24). However, it’s no surprise that Atticus treats Walter equal. Atticus treats everyone the same way. It’s is also after this lunch with Walter that Atticus teaches Scout about walking around in another person’s skin to truly understand someone. Atticus equal attitude towards all people makes him a man to admire and appreciate.Jem learns important lessons from his father regarding bravery. For example, Atticus goes against the norm, by refusing to hunt and by disapproval of guns. He believes that guns do not make men brave and that children should not be fascinated with them. However, Atticus wants to show his son what true courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. In addition, Atticus is a perfect role model. He reveals a strong sense of bravery by refusing to carry a gun to protect Tom Robinson from the angry farmers. Though Atticus Finch is the deadest shot in Maycomb County in his time, he would not carry a gun. Jem explains, “He ain’t ever got one and he never had one down at the jail that night”(Lee 217). Atticus tells Jem that having a gun around is an invitation for somebody to shoot someone. However, Atticus just trying to teach Jem that guns don’t make men brave.It becomes clear why Atticus thinks education is so important. Although Miss Caroline disapproves of Atticus reading to Scout, he promised Scout to read to her before bed each night. This is because Atticus believes that learning is the key to prevent prejudice. Also part of Atticus role as a father is teaching. Most of Scout and Jem knowledge comes from Atticus. He teaches them the important life lessons that they can not learn from books or blackboards. Atticus explains,”You never really understands a person until you consider things from his point of view”(Lee 30). Education is the key to unlocking the ignorance that causes such prejudice. However, Atticus understands the faults of the educational system, but also knows it is necessary for his children to pass through this system to be a part of society.To put it all together Atticus has a very significant role in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus still his best to defend home and never gave up. Most importantly, Atticus proves how to his children, and the townspeople that all men are created equal and should be given the same respect as everyone else regardless of their skin color. He shows his son, Jem the true face of courage. Atticus teaches his children the importance of education. A strong, solid character, such as Atticus Finch has brought the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”.