Atticus really shows that ordinary people can act in courageous ways, especially in hard times, because even though he had to be the one to stand up for Tom Robinson he took it for the team and tried his hardest to prove him innocent. With Tom losing the case, Atticus still had to go through some hard things that really showed him being the bigger person. When Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the corner and spit in his face, he made the best of all choices. Atticus let Bob call him all the names he wanted “without batting and eye” (217) said Miss Stephanie. This really shows that Atticus can handle the hardest situation with the utmost respect, and it also shows that he can act in courageous ways without being some special person.