To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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One of the most challenging acts to undertake in the 1930’s is to stand up for an African American against the horrible disease of the time, racism. Atticus, one of the main protagonists, is a kind father and lawyer in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama; who defends an African American from a racist rape charge. Mrs.Dubose is a sour, but brave, character for beating her morphine addiction when it counted. Boo Radley is a mysterious recluse who is rumored to be dreadful, but turns out to be quite benevolent. Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird is bred through the many conflicts the characters face, but they prove themselves courageous even if it means risking something or someone precious to them.
Atticus, Jem and Scout’s father, is a mature and charitable man who proves himself to be quite valiant throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. For example, when Scout is upset on the porch, she asks why Atticus defends a Negro and replies, “ The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town...Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win”(Lee 100-101). Atticus explains to Scout that it is a coward’s decision to not defend someone in need even if they may not get the desired help they want. Later on, Atticus is spat on by Bob Ewell at Helen’s place, he only dismisses Bob instead of reacting to the provocation, and Scout describes what she hears and says, “Stephanie said Atticus didn't bat an eye, just took out his
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