To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How does Atticus show courage?

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Atticus reveals his courage in several ways throughout the novel. Atticus courageously takes Sheriff Tate's rifle and shoots the rabid dog staggering down the main street of Maycomb. Atticus also courageously deals with the harsh criticism he receives from the community concerning his defense of Tom Robinson. Despite the numerous insults, Atticus stays true to himself and displays his tolerance by acting amiably towards his racist neighbors.

In chapter 15, Atticus reveals his courage by traveling to the Maycomb jailhouse at night and refusing to move out of the way for the lynch mob. Atticus bravely denies the Old Sarum bunch access to Tom Robinson and saves his life the night before the trial. Atticus also explains to his daughter the definition of real courage. Atticus tells Scout,

"It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." (115)

Atticus goes on to demonstrate "real courage" by valiantly defending Tom Robinson in...

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