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Personality Of Atticus Finch In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Throughout the story To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch portrays many characteristics, but there was one that stood out in particular; Courage. Most people would agree that is his primary trait due to how he acted and reacted in certain situations, such as; when he shot the rabid dog, his decision to defend Tom Robinson and lastly, when he was approached by a mob of men in front of the jail.

Only a man as courageous and fearless as Atticus would have been able to shoot the dog under the circumstances he had to face. He had one bullet left in the gun, if he were to miss his shot; it could have enraged the dog, which could have made things a lot worse. In addition to that, if the dog was to charge at him afterwards, he would have only had his hands and feet to defend himself. Furthermore, if he had not killed the dog, it might have killed him or one of his neighbors. Usually animals with rabies are very aggressive. Therefore, he could have bounced or jawed onto an individual was not stopped. Adding to that pressure, Scout recounted that he had dropped and cracked his glasses in the middle of the street while running after the dog. This being said, he most likely couldn’t have seen his surroundings very clearly. Therefore he was not able to see where he was pointing the gun or where the dog was. This took every ounce of courage in Atticus’ well being to accomplish, but as always he walked away victorious. It was a hard challenge to face but nothing he could not overcome.

Atticus showed courage by accepting to defend Tom Robinson in the trial. The fact that Tom was black was already a disadvantage. But Atticus being the lawyer he is, did not affect the way he defended him in court. He treated him as he would have treated anyone else. He went against Southern predjudice, not only because he had to defend Tom, but because he knew that was the right thing to do. Atticus had a different mind set them most people in that era; he believed in equal rights for every individual- no matter their color...

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