Atticus Finch is the middle-aged father of Jem and Scout Finch. He is a lawyer and was once known as "One-shot Finch" and "the deadest shot in Maycomb County. " Although he was a good shot, he does not like to mention the fact as he does not like the thought of having an advantage over people. He appears to support racial equality and was appointed to represent Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman, Mayella Ewell. The town disapproves of him defending Tom especially when he makes clear his intent to defend Tom Robinson to the best of his abilities. He was also an honest person, he tried to help everyone he could. He is the moral center of the story. He is portrayed by Gregory Peck in the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.