What parallels can be drawn between Mahatma Gandhi and the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird regarding moral courage?

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Moral courage is doing the right thing when it is not popular, and can even be dangerous.  Ghandi believed in the freedom of his people, and was willing to risk his life to prove his point.  In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch does not think that African Americans are inferior to any other race.  This is not a popular view in the thirties in Alabama.  Even though it is difficult, and brings pain and suffering to his family in the form of insults and being ostracized, Atticus still chooses to do what is right.  I think one of the best examples of this is when Atticus faces down the mob that is trying to kill Tom Robinson.  Atticus proves his point to the townspeople, just as Ghandi did.


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