Atticus is the most courageous character because he goes against Maycomb, a generally prejudice town, in order to defend tom. He understood that taking the case would make him an object of scorn and ridicule. That no one would forgive him for believing in a black man’s word rather than a white man’s . even his own sister expresses disapproval of his decision, practically telling him he bringing disgrace on the family. But, no matter how much his reputation suffered, he did not change his mind. Standing up for his conviction was more important then what people thought about him…. Atticus is the most courageous character because Moreover, Atticus manifested courage when he went to the jailhouse to protect tom Robinson from a lynch mob. Without thinking it twice he rushed to toms aid. He went with the knowledge that if a mob did gather he would be greatly outnumbered and could get badly beaten. Still, he went determined to shielded tom from anything that could harm him, with no concern about his own welfare. Last, but not least, Atticus showed courage also when he went along with Heck Tates lie about what really happened the night bob ewelll was found stabbed to death. Atticus puts his life and career on the line. He knew, as an officer of the court, that withholding information from an investigation could have gotten him disbarred or thrown in jail. Nonetheless, like many times before, doing what was right and fair prevailed in Atticus way of thinking Atticus is the most courageous character because he knowingly puts his family in danger to do what is right. Atticus went against his moral code and principles he had always upheld before, especially in the Tom Robinson case. Now, Atticus is faced with the decision of abiding by the law or breaking it in order to do the right thing. He knew that incarcerating a man, as withdrawn and solitary as Arthur would have been unforgivable. Especially, after Arthur had performed a great deed by saving his children’s life. He knew that exposing him would be an awful way of repaying him: it would have been like “shooting a mockingbird”. So, Atticus chose to protect boo from the public eye rather than abide by the law and his “honest” ways he was so accustomed to follow. That takes courage!