What are some examples of proof in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, that shows Atticus is a brave person? It can be direct or indirect.Please help!

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    Atticus Finch shows various forms of bravery throughout the Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. As a young man, he leaves the family homestead at Finch's Landing to pursue a law degree. Following the death of his wife, he undertakes the unenviable task of being a single parent as well as a busy attorney. He stands up to his sister, Alexandra, who constantly claims that his children will turn out badly. After a long absence, he reverts to "One Shot" Finch, killing the mad dog when it threatens his neighbors. He sweet talks Mrs. Dubose, when others take the long way around her house just to avoid her insults. He dares to treat Calpurnia as a member of the family instead of a second-class housekeeper.  And, he is courageous enough to trust that his children will follow his advice and guidance, allowing them the wide independence that will make them such upstanding adults.
    Most importantly, of course, Atticus makes the decision to defend Tom Robinson, knowing it will bring hate and derision to himself and his family. He goes to the jail and stands alone against the lynch mob that tries to remove Tom. He stands up to Bob Ewell when he is spit upon and refuses to fight the drunken, little man--a more courageous move than lowering himself to Ewell's level. And in the end, Atticus is willing to put his son, Jem, through the hardships of an inquiry over the death of Bob Ewell when he thinks he may have been responsible.

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