To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How Does Atticus Show Courage

How does Atticus show courage in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Atticus is a man of integrity, and he shows courage through upholding his strong values. He is brave enough to practice and live according to the principles in which he believes, and he insists that his children also adhere to his ethical standards—no matter the risk or cost. One of Atticus's most courageous acts is his taking on the defense of Tom Robinson. Even though defending a black man is dangerous in Maycomb due to racism and prejudice, he does so because he knows it is just and his ethics demand it. 


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As a man of integrity, Atticus Finch possesses both a brave heart and a courageous soul.

It is in chapter 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird that Atticus defines courage for his son: 

"I wanted you 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." (Ch.11)

Atticus's words point to the underlying virtue of his act of accepting the assignment as defense attorney for Tom Robinson. In chapter 9 , for instance,...

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