To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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When Atticus says "I wanted you to see what real courage is,instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." What does this show about Atticus's character in To Kill a Mockingbird and how does this relate to the Golden Rule?

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These remarks of Atticus are made with reference to Mrs. Dubose, who in her final hours has decided courageously that she will die naturally without benefit of any pain killers. Atticus praises her act of bravery in return for her peace offering to Jem, ignoring her previous insults about him.

After Jem cuts the blooms of Mrs. Dubose's camellias in angry retaliation for her vindictive and derogatory words about his father, Atticus, who always "turns the...

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