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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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What other examples of courage does Atticus show other than defending Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Most examples of courage displayed by Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird revolve in some manner around Tom Robinson. Aside from his decision to defend Tom at the trial, one which could endanger himself and his family, Atticus also:

  • Stands up for Tom outside the jail against the lynch mob
  • Personally delivers the news about Tom's death to Tom's wife and friends
  • Is willing to maintain his relationships with Calpurnia and the African-American community
  • Faces off with Bob Ewell, who spits in Atticus' face
  • Displays his marksmanship skills once again by killing the mad dog
  • Is willing to let Jem face responsibility for Bob Ewell's murder

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