Atticus Finch was a hero, because he had the courage to defend someone helpless in a society full of racism and prejudice. Their mother died when Scout was two but they live with their father, Atticus Finch. Atticus Finch is the only one in the small town of Maycomb willing to admit an african american might not actually be to blame.
Overall these characters are innocent victims of injustice.
Throughout the book Atticus is show as a kind man who really cares for the people of Maycomb County. Major of people has a role model they look up to and make every effort to be alike. Atticus feels that the justice system should be color blind, and he defends Tom as an innocent man, not a man of color.
Peck utilised his own opinions to shape the Atticus character as a hero to his children and a villain to his fellow citizens, though few could expect much else. Crespino pulls back the curtain to offer that detailed analysis and may, fingers crossed, provide many readers with a better explanation as to why things got so intense when comparing the two pieces.
He goes to Helen's home to tell her of Tom's death, which means a white man spending time in the black community. Lee no longer tried to block out the Alabama influence that permeated his daily life.
Atticus uses this approach not only with his children, but with all of Maycomb.
The children in the novel were witness to many acts of courage not only through their father, Atticus, but other close supporting members of their family and community. Crespino relies not only on scores of historical texts and past Harper Lee biographies, but archived interviews to provide the reader with the mindset that Harper Lee had when writing these two novels and to explore the life and times of her father.