The Cunninghams They are a very honorable family and they won’t take anything they can’t pay back. “…no church baskets and no scrip stamps. They never took anything off of anybody…” (Lee 20). Atticus had helped the Cunninghams later and before that year was over, he had received a load of stove wood, a sack of hickory nuts, a crate of smilax and holly, and a crockersack full of turnip greens. Atticus Atticus is very courageous. There is a mad dog running loose in the Maycomb area and Atticus ends its reign of terror. “With movements so swift they seemed simultaneous…he brought the gun to his shoulder. The rifle crackled… crumpled on the sidewalk in a brown- and-white heap.” (Lee 98). Atticus has many hidden talents that people don’t know about and that he uses only in a time of need. It was quite obvious that Atticus did not want to shoot the dog, but he did it because he had to. Atticus Mrs. Dubose was a great example of how Atticus’ empathy pays off. “‘I wanted you to see what real courage was, instead of getting the idea that courage is only a man with a gun in his hand.’” (Lee 112). Atticus was constantly insulted by Mrs. Dubose and still, Atticus respected her because he knew what she was going through. At the end of Mrs. Dubose’s life, Atticus shares her story to Jem and Scout.
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