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To Kill a Mockingbird Hero

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In the dictionary, a hero is described as a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. One of the heroes in To Kill A Mockingbird, is Atticus Finch, who demonstrates true heroic qualities. Although he is a widow working father, he shows courage and tries to change injustice and racism in his small hometown. By taking Tom Robinson's case shows how Atticus fights evil with his strong moral fiber and his mind. Atticus Finch, a man of actions, demonstrates true heroic qualities through his bravery and courage. Atticus Finch isn't a hero because of wield weapons or have super human physical strength. He is the hero because he dares to challenge the rampant racism that dwells in his hometown. ...read more.


Being brave and courage is not just about fighting, but making a choice - to create peace instead of hate. In the novel, Atticus teaches his children what the meaning of courage is. "I wanted to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do" (112). He says this after Mrs. Dubose dies and the point is to let his children know how courageous Mrs. Dubose is because she knows that she is dying but is still determine to die free of the morphine. ...read more.


Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk in a brown-and-white heap" (96). People look up to Atticus and believe that he will aim to excel at everything he does, and this symbolizes the town's dependence upon his protection from forces that they cannot control. In conclusion, Atticus Finch is successful in demonstrating his true heroic qualities. Being brave and courageous is not an easy thing to do; it requires one to step beyond one's comfort zone and take a risk. However, Atticus demonstrates this successfully when he takes Tom Robinson's case. With many prejudice people living in his hometown, he risks the chance of not being re-elected for legislature. Secondly, he risks the chance when he shoots the mad dog; he risks the chance of missing, and the dog running up and attacking them. Through all these powerful examples of bravery and courage, it shows us how heroic Atticus Finch is in the novel. ...read more.

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