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What kind of reasons would inspire someone to give up their time, talent, and treasure for another individual hardly known to them? Why would anyone risk his or her occupation, social standing, and prestige, to stand up for a single moral belief in justice? This value of individualism is extremely rare in society. Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, paints a very real picture of this value in the character Atticus Finch. Atticus relinquishes his basic need to care for himself. He decides not to live comfortably, but rather breaks his comfort zone, and thinks about others quality of life. He makes the decision to try to change his county, in respect to the value they see in others. It takes a person with strength, stamina, courage, and most importantly character, to stand up alone against culture, and mend an injustice.

Atticus holds his position as the public condemns his righteous ideas of change, and people begin to admire his will power.

They finally begin to admit to themselves that their consciences agree with him. The populace shows its unrest as they see he will take up the case in the quote, "Yea but Atticus aims to defend him that's what I don't like about it" (163). His town is used to the common defense lawyers taking the cases of defending Negroes, and putting on a sham trial. Therefore, when a champion of human rights like Atticus actually does his job, he is looked upon with scorn. They are so used to the accepted ways of everyday life, that no lawyer would dare go against them all, and risk his whole life, to right an inequity in his heart. Atticus' deep want of fairness, and equal rights for all is greatly presented in the quotation, "Atticus voice...