Atticus Finch

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Margaret Chase Smith once said, “The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.” The former United States senator bravely stood up for women and our right to assume political roles. When you are standing up for what's right you must consider your options and take actions based on what is good for others. The choice you make doesn’t have to be the popular belief, but in order to do be a leader, you must realize morality and bravery in which you can stand up for what is right is the only way to be successful. To be a hero in To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is to be someone who has morals and is civil towards others; similarly, a hero is someone who is brave…show more content…
For example, Atticus defended Tom Robinson in his case even though the town was against. This is because he thought that all people, including black people, deserved a chance to prove themselves. Also, Atticus had defended Calpurnia when Aunt Alexandra wanted to fire her; because Aunt Alexandra thought that she wasn't needed. Atticus respected Calpurnia; he even acknowledged that the family needed her. He has always been respectful of Calpurnia. Morally, he believes that it would be wrong to fire Calpurnia and rid her of a job. Bob Ewell is an example of someone who isn't respectful. When Bob Ewell had met Atticus at the Post Office, he had just spat at him. Instead, he could have remained civil with Atticus, because he was just doing his job. Unlike, Mr. Ewell, Atticus remains civil in this situation. "It was Miss Stephanie's pleasure to tell us: this morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus one the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life. 'I wish Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco,' was all Atticus said about it."(217) Atticus had decided not to retaliate against Mr. Ewell, because even though he was being very rude to him, Atticus believed that reciprocating Mr. Ewell’s actions would be unethical of him. Overall, a heroic person is someone who is someone who has morals and is…show more content…
Atticus had defended Tom Robinson and Calpurnia, both African Americans. Two people that other people thought shouldn’t be defended. He had also faced Mr. Ewell it a moment of distress and remained civil. Tobias and Tris have confronted their fears head on and have continued to face their fears bravely. Tris had left her family to achieve her dream of being a Dauntless. She had also been the first to jump into the pit, without looking back. She had even taken a bullet, taken death, to save her family from suffering. Additionally, Tobias had bravely opened up to Tris about his rough past. A real-life example of this was in 1957. A seven-year-old Maria Ridulph, of Sycamore, Illinois kidnapped and murdered. Former police officer Jack McCullough was found guilty in 2012. This case was one of the coldest cases in U.S. history. Four years later, Jack McCullough was freed following some new information in favor of his alibi. But the door to another prosecution was still open. McCullough continued to say that he was innocent, and after new evidence was found that confirmed that he was innocent, he asked the court to declare him innocent. Following the conviction, Russell Ainsworth, McCullough’s civil rights lawyer, demanded reform of the Illinois justice system. In 2015, two laws were changed. One law stated that it was the prosecutor's ethical duty to address wrongful convictions
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