What scene best exemplifies Atticus as a prominent role? Are there any personal connections the readers may experience with Atticus?

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Susan Woodward eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter 10 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus "One-Shot" Finch takes out a rabid dog that is roaming the neighborhood.  What makes the scene remarkable is that neither of his children, Jem  or Scout, knew that Atticus even knew how to shoot a gun.  They gained new respect for their father as a good shot and as a modest man who never brags about his talents.

In Chapter 15, Atticus stands up against an angry mob that wants to lynch Tom Robinson for allegedly raping Mayella Ewell.  Not only is the mob agitated that Atticus is standing beside a black man against a white woman, but he is doing his utmost to see to it that Tom gets a fair trial.  Again, the children are present when their father stands up for what he believes in, although it is Scout who actually diffuses the situation by talking to Mr. Cunningham about knowing his son from school.  The embarrassed Mr. Cunningham realizes that he got caught up in the heat of the moment, and he encourages the mob to leave.

Either of these scenes would be good examples for readers to identify with those who show real courage in the face of adversity.

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