In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is a humble man. Can you give a few examples from the book which show him to be humble?

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There are numerous examples of Atticus's humility in To Kill a Mockingbird. He is, after all, a deeply humble man. One particularly good example comes in chapter 11 after the death of Mrs. Dubose. She was a waspish, mean old lady, a blatant racist with never a good...

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There are numerous examples of Atticus's humility in To Kill a Mockingbird. He is, after all, a deeply humble man. One particularly good example comes in chapter 11 after the death of Mrs. Dubose. She was a waspish, mean old lady, a blatant racist with never a good word to say about anybody. And, whenever Scout and Jem used to walk past her house, she'd let rip with a volley of poisonous verbal abuse.

Yet when she was alive, Atticus always used to doff his hat to Mrs. Dubose and be exceedingly polite towards her. And after she passes away, Atticus describes her, much to Scout's astonishment, as "the bravest person he ever knew." Mrs. Dubose had been in considerable pain during her illness, and had become addicted to morphine as a result. Nevertheless, she was absolutely determined to beat her addiction before she died. Although she never managed to do this, her immense courage and resolve earned her the admiration and respect of Atticus.

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The best example in the novel comes in Chapter 10 when Atticus teaches his children a lesson in humility concerning his marksmanship skills. The children are shocked when Sheriff Tate "almost threw the rifle at Atticus" teling him that killing the mad dog "is a one-shot job." He has never told Jem and Scout about being the best marksman in the county as a youth because he is ashamed of his skill at killing, at having been "given an unfair advantage over most living things." He cautions Sheriff Tate not to tell the children about his past, but Miss Maudie reveals the truth. Jem wonders why Atticus has never bragged about his ability, but Maudie tells him that

     "People in their right minds never take pride in their talents... (Chapter 10)

Jem is quick to understand his father's reasoning, and he tells Scout to keep Atticus's secret because "Atticus is a gentleman, just like me."

After the trial of Tom Robinson, Atticus's "eyes filled with tears" after seeing the piles of food sent to him from Tom's poor but admiring friends. He tells Calpurnia to warn them that "they must never do it again. Times are too hard." At the end of the story, a befuddled Atticus seems to think that Jem, and not Boo Radley, has killed Bob Ewell. Atticus refuses to allow Sheriff Tate to cover up Jem's participation, telling him that "nobody's hushing this up. I don't live that way."

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When someone is humble, it means that they are not selfish and they do not brag about their talents or abilities. Atticus demonstrates what it means to be humble during the mad dog incident, when he is appointed as Tom's lawyer, and after the trial with the black community. 

First, during the mad dog incident in chapter 10, the sheriff tells Atticus to shoot the dog because he's the best shot in the county. Even though Atticus hasn't picked up a gun in decades, Sheriff Tate knows that Atticus is only being humble when he declines the honor. The sheriff warns Atticus that if he doesn't shoot now, the dog will go into the Radleys' house. Eventually, Atticus consents to take the shot, only because the sheriff pleads with him and because of inevitable danger. The shot rings true and the dog goes down without any suffering. Jem and Scout are amazed because they never knew their father had such a talent and was called, "One-Shot Finch" as Miss Maudie reveals (97).

Next, in chapter 16, Scout overhears some men at the court talking about Atticus being appointed by Judge Taylor to defend Tom Robinson. This is news to her because her father has always said that it is very important to him to defend Tom Robinson because it is the right thing to do. However, her father's humility on this one point could have proven valuable for her when Cecil Jacobs, Francis, and Mrs. Dubose accused him of being a "ni****-lover". Either way, Atticus is humble because he doesn't announce to everyone that he was appointed as Tom's lawyer; rather, he steps up and does his duty willingly.

Finally, the day after the trial of Tom Robinson, Atticus wakes up to loads of edible gifts from the black community who thanks him for defending Tom honestly and courageously. Atticus is amazed to receive such an abundance of food from Tom's family and friends that he sheds a few tears over it. Atticus demonstrates his humble nature because he doesn't demand anything from anyone for his efforts. He says to Calpurnia, "Tell them I'm very grateful . . . tell them they must never do this again. Times are too hard" (213). Atticus understands what sacrifices were made to give him so much food, and he doesn't want them to suffer for it. 

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