Who Is The Hero In To Kill a Mockingbird

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To kill a mockingbird: Who is the hero in,”To kill a mockingbird”? Discuss. The novel ‘To kill a mockingbird’ by Harper Lee is a text with some strong morals to the story. Set in the South of the US, Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930’s the text tells a story of a decent Negro man, Tom Robinson being wrongly accused of the rape of a red-necked white girl for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time and of a widowed hard working father named Atticus Finch who as a lawyer rises above the prejudice of local Maycomb society to defend this black man in court against a more or less racist town of people stuck with the idea that Negroes are simply inferior and a different breed of people to all white folk. A hero is usually the core character of a text; a hero is a character who throughout a novel constantly emphasises the text’s central themes or morals. Atticus Finch is the key heroic figure in ‘To kill a mockingbird’ he demonstrates this by always being always strong willed, courageous and honest in whatever he’s doing, standing up for what he believes in regardless of the social pressures surrounding him, and most importantly by knowing what’s right from what’s wrong. Atticus proves to be an effective leader for his children by not only telling them what to do, but by showing them what’s right and always leading with a great example for them. Throughout the text Atticus proves to be a hero in many ways, heroes are people who set themselves apart from others and follow what they believe in. Atticus never doubted his beliefs; he unlike majority of other white men in Maycomb knew what was right, Atticus became a lawyer because he is an honest man that believes in justice and he proves it to the reader every time that his words are listed. A strong example of Atticus being the leader he is to his family and the community is when he tells Scout the reason why he
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