Atticus Finch, The Greatest Hero Of All Time Essay

1318 Words Apr 16th, 2015 6 Pages
Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, explores the role of heroes in unjust societies. The community of Maycomb, Alabama, the novel’s setting, is unjust, with inherent prejudice against many in the society. However, the character of Atticus Finch shows great heroism and fights the injustice that is prevalent throughout Maycomb, chiefly by electing to defend Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Atticus Finch deserves distinction as the greatest moral hero of all time. He demonstrates heroism by his willingness to oppose tradition and institutionalized racism. Atticus shows his heroism through the high value he places on justice and compassion. Throughout the novel, he reminds his children, Scout, the main character, and her brother Jem, of the importance of fairness and empathy. He also shows heroism in his refusal to accept the pervasive racial attitudes of Maycomb. Through an analysis of Atticus’ view on justice, racism, and human compassion, Atticus’ worthiness of the distinction as the greatest moral hero of all time will be demonstrated.
Atticus shows heroism through his commitment to justice and fairness. During Tom Robinson’s trial, Atticus demonstrates an ability to think clearly about a man’s integrity regardless of race. While defending Tom, Atticus says, “…the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women – black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the whole…

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