Is there a specific quote within the novel in which Atticus is described as a hero? I know there is one for Jem in chapter 4 "Jem was born a hero" (Lee, 44) but is there one like that for Atticus, even if it is implied in the quote, I know Miss Maudie may have said something along those lines. 

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" 'Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'.' "  These words of Reverend Sykes, spoken to Scout at the conclusion of Tom Robinson's trial, leave no doubt that to the black community of Maycomb, Atticus Finch was indeed a hero.  The segregated black onlookers, forced to sit in the...

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" 'Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'.' "  These words of Reverend Sykes, spoken to Scout at the conclusion of Tom Robinson's trial, leave no doubt that to the black community of Maycomb, Atticus Finch was indeed a hero.  The segregated black onlookers, forced to sit in the balcony (where Jem, Scout, and Dill also viewed the trial, to Calpurnia's later dismay) had seen Atticus give his very best to defend Tom Robinson in a trial that everyone knew was decided before it even began.  As Atticus exited the courtroom, the balcony onlookers stood to show respect for the man, a white man, no less, who had done something no one else in that community would've done:  defend a black man accused in a crime against a white woman.  For that, Atticus was their hero. 

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