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Atticus is a terrific folk hero. A folk hero must understand the average, everyday person, and he knew Tom Robinson was innocent, and while he defended Robinson because it was his job, he also fought hard because he knew Robinson was innocent. Atticus’s strong sense of what’s right and what’s wrong has rubbed off on his kids and he’s a great influence for them. Atticus is one of the only townspeople to understand justice and respect racial equality, and that makes him better than the average man. He risks his family and himself for the greater good: to defend the innocent. Depending on where you are, it’s difficult to respond to laws by actions, but Atticus does to the best of his ability by defending Robinson. Bob Ewell is essentially a terrorist in my opinion, but Atticus is the exact opposite.

Some could consider William Wallace a terrorist, but most of his actions are avenging betrayals and getting revenge, or “justice”. He does use terror and fear (a part of terrorism) by becoming renown, but his actions are, in his opinion, for the greater good. This is very similar to “V”: they both commit vicious and ruthless murders, but they’re intentions are to send a message and are because of what they’re fighting for.

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  1. Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    By defending Tom Robinson, Atticus was a social outlaw in that time. To his white counterparts, he was seen as breaking the code of racial ethics; while to his African-American neighbors and to his children, he was a hero. The classification of hero is subjective.

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