To Kill A Mockingbird: Character Analysis

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"Character is doing the right thing when nobody 's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that 's right is to get by, and the only thing that 's wrong is to get caught", said JC Watts, an American politician. Yet many people seek opportunities to do what is right only when they think that someone else will view them favorably because of it; others conform to ideals they do not believe just so they can fit in with the group. A true hero is someone who always follows their morals, no matter what. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus is unusual in Maycomb because he works hard to act the same in private as he is when others are watching. A hero is someone who does what he or she feels is right. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee illustrate this. Paul Van Riper in Blink and Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird are both heroes. Foremost, Paul Van Riper is a hero because he does what he knows is honorable and correct. He does what he feels is noble and decides to join the Marine Corps. Ever since Paul was a kid, he had always wanted to do something to help his country, and he decided joining the Marines was the best way of doing this. He also later served in Vietnam as an officer because he so strongly wanted to serve his country. Although he knew he would face dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations, he had strong character and accepted this risk. While in Vietnam, in an effort to keep morale high, he
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