Atticus As A Hero In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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A hero is someone who is idealized for the courage they have and the person 's noble qualities. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch displayed many of these characteristics of a hero and someone courageous. He was one of the most important characters in the novel due to his heroic and courageous beliefs. Atticus fits the attribute of “real courage” because according to him someone with real courage is when “you know[you 've been] licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do”(112). Atticus might as well be the only person in maycomb to be so humble and accepting of others, such as Tom Robinson and his case. He was the only one to accept Tom 's case even …show more content…
They were accusing Tom of raping Mayella Ewell. Atticus was determined to prove his innocence since “[he was] not through yet, [there was to] be an appeal” and Atticus was going to continue to fight for what was right (213). He wanted to fight to be able to show the people in Maycomb, and especially his children, that they are living in a corrupted society and there needs to be change to protect people like Tom, whose claim will always mean nothing against that of a white man. Colored folks, like Tom, will always be treated lower than white folks and Atticus wanted to alter everyone 's opinions and thoughts not only on the case but overall. For Atticus to defy everyone 's opinion in Maycomb shows his courage and determination to try and change everyone 's opinion. He also wanted his kids to learn about tolerance and acceptance not only of Tom but also of others. When Atticus took on the trial and believed Tom’s story over Bob 's, many were raged and solemnly disapproved. They not only attacked Atticus with their verbal insults but also his children. He taught them to not mind what those people say that “they might hear some ugly talk about [the case]” but they should not take it under consideration and “[hold their] head high and …show more content…
Atticus saw the good in everyone, trying to be as kind and understanding of others. This showed his real courage because the people in Maycomb, at the time, were not the easiest to get along with, especially with Atticus 's beliefs. Atticus and the folks in Maycomb had to very distinct point of views on racial slur. Atticus has a value system around the concept that a person must scrutinize and respect who people are and who they choose to be. This includes even the most malicious characters like Bob Ewell and Mrs. Dubose who Atticus defends because he knows to see the good in everyone. This demonstrates the courage Atticus has to not be disrespectful or resent others due to their different beliefs. For instance Mrs Dubose was one of the most spiteful women in Maycomb. The kids never saw the other side of Ms Dubose, the fighting and courageous one, but Atticus did. He saw the good in Ms Dubose even besides her racist and rude remarks. Bob Ewell was ruthless when it came to Atticus because he chose Toms word over his. Atticus showed true bravery when he defended this man 's actions and justified them. He claimed that Bob was bound to “have some kind of comeback, his kind always does” and he brought in one of his old lessons to try and “stand in Bob Ewell 's shoes a minute”(218). This showed Atticus courage because he was trying to see the good in Bob and a

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