The Heroism Of Atticus, By Harper Lee Essays

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“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try and win” (Lee To Kill a Mockingbird 76). Harper Lee has the main character, Atticus, say this to portray his heroism. Harper Lee was raised in Monroeville which is in Alabama, just as the novel is set. Her father, Amasa, was a lawyer just like Atticus. Harper is even a model for Scout, and Truman Capote is a model for Dill. Lee wants to paint a portrait of a man who stands up for what is right. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee illustrates Atticus Finch to embody the heroic qualities of understanding, empathy, and sangfroid.
First Harper Lee shows that Atticus is understanding. Atticus shows that he is understanding by listening and helping Scout with her school problems. Scout’s teacher Miss Caroline calls on Scout to read. As she begins reading Miss Caroline realizes Scout is literate and good at reading. Having realized Scout’s talent she tells her that her father is not allowed to read or teach her anymore. She says it would interfere with Scouts reading, because it is best to read with a fresh mind. She claims that she’ll take over and try to undo the damage. This upsets Scout because she and her father read every night. Therefore she doesn’t want to go to school anymore so she will be able to read with her father. Atticus makes a compromise that if Scout continues the necessity of going to school they will continue reading every night. “If you’ll concede the…

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