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Words we use to describe noble human characteristics

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2. Compassion, courage, generosity, honesty, honor, humility, idealism, integrity, modesty, respect, tolerance – words we use to describe noble human characteristics (virtues). While not all of the adults in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird possess such virtues, many do. Discuss 3 of these virtues and analyze which adult characters in the novel best illustrate these virtues
Atticus: courage  
Atticus Finch, father of Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch and Jem Finch, is the main adult character in the novel. Atticus showed courageous attributes throughout the novel. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see through it no matter what.” (Atticus, pg 112) He was courageous in taking the chance of defending an African- American, Tom Robison, even though he knew it would be difficult and other people would have negative outlook and rude comments towards his children, Jem and Scout, and himself. By defending Robinson, Atticus shows that he is willing to fight against all odds. “Are we going to win it?” (Scout, pg 101) “No honey” (Atticus, pg 101). Atticus assumed he wasn’t going to win the case because the jury consisted of white folks, but he decided to stand up and fight for what he believed in. Even though he would lose respect from other citizens within Maycomb County, he still defended Robinson because he believed it was the right thing to do.
Calpurnia: respect
Calpurnia is the Finch’s family’s black cook. Calpurnia displayed many traits that contributed to her nice and kind character type. One notable trait she displayed was respect. Calpurnia showed a great deal of respect throughout the book towards many of the other characters. She showed respect to Walter Cunnigham when Jem and Scout brought him to their home for lunch. During lunch, Walter poured syrup all over his meat and vegetables, shocking Jem and...

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