What are some examples of selflessness in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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There are several examples of selfless behavior throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The most notable example being Atticus' decision to selflessly defend Tom Robinson in front of a prejudiced community. Despite the impossible odds, Atticus takes the challenge head on and risks his reputation, and also puts his family in harms way, by choosing to defend an innocent black man. Another example takes place in Chapter 3, when Little Chuck Little stands up to Burris Ewell and selflessly defends Miss Caroline's character in front of the class. Despite his small stature, Chuck Little does not waver when Burris Ewell looks towards him and even threatens Burris by putting his hand into his pocket, indicating that he is carrying a blade. At the end of the novel, Boo Radley risks his life by defending Jem and Scout while Bob Ewell is attacking them. Bob Ewell was armed, and Boo Radley left the safety of his home to wrestle Bob away from the children to save their lives. His selfless act prevented Bob Ewell from possibly murdering Jem and Scout, and Atticus is eternally grateful.

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