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In the Novel To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch is portrayed as a truly unique individual Atticus is a morally bound intelligent lawyer who believes in true justice for all As a father he puts a lot of emphasis on being an excellent role model for his children The acts of heroism displayed by Atticus are firmly entwined with his beliefs about right and wrong Even if it means discomfort for him he prefers to follow his conscience and do the right thing The most obvious heroic feature about Atticus is his sense of justice He doesnt show discomfort when defending a black man Tom Robinson He knows it is the right thing to do because all men are equal and should have the same chance in life as any other person Many people in the community of Maycomb are bigots and unjust to Negroes and they dont approve of Atticus even-handed approach Atticus is an understanding father who always encourages his children to do the right thing He is also an excellent role model for Jem and Scout He explains the importance of trying to understand others by walking in their skin to consider their point of view He also teaches his children to have respect for others For example the time when Scout was upset because Miss Caroline told her she was too far ahead of the class in her reading Atticus told her that she had to walk in Miss Carolines skin and see her point of view Another heroic quality is Atticus courage He was called upon to shoot a dangerous dog because he was the best one for the job This was a risky situation because one shot was is all it takes to kill a dog but if this missed the dogs attention would be on him and the sheriff Heck Tate this could be dangerous because the dog has a disease and could be spread
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