What are two examples that show how Tom Robinson is a hero in To Kill a Mockingbird?

One example in To Kill a Mockingbird that shows Tom Robinson as a hero is the integrity he conveyed in the face of adversity. Another example is his attempted escape of prison, where Tom aimed to achieve freedom with his own hands.  

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Tom Robinson can be considered a hero for demonstrating courage, integrity, and composure during his trial and valiantly fighting for his freedom in front of a racist jury and audience. When Tom Robinson takes the witness stand, he bravely recalls the events that transpired on the evening of November 21st without omitting any details and honestly describing the situation. Tom understands that he has a very slim chance of winning the case, but proceeds to plead not guilty as he reveals the difficult truth. As a black man living in the segregated South, Tom's testimony is heroic. Tom not only describes his reaction to Mayella's advances, but speaks his mind when he tells Mr. Gilmer,

"I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em—" (Lee, 105).

Although Tom immediately regrets telling the prosecuting attorney that he pities Mayella, his comment reflects his honesty, integrity, and courage. Tom accepts the fact that he is under a microscope and is attempting to...

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