Atticus the Brave

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To Kill a Mockingbird is not about killing birds or animal cruelty, as the name might suggest, but about the courage necessary to follow ones morals and resist the community’s undying hatred and prejudice to Negroes. One character in particular that portrays this courage is Atticus. Harper Lee shows Atticus’ bravery time and time again, never ceasing to surprise her readers with new situations of increasing severity. Never showing any sign that he is in difficulty, Atticus shows courage by standing for his beliefs, never hesitating when he knows his course, and not going with the town’s endless flow of racism.

Atticus consistently stood firm while defending his beliefs and morals but never allowed himself to succumb to the temptation of fist fights or verbal abuse. He always took what came his way and calmly attempted to negotiate or make the other party reconsider their actions. His belief was that all people, black and white, were equals. Throughout the story it was evident that he was not just full of words, but meant them all. This is proven by keeping Calpurnia, their black housekeeper, hired for so long. He never once considered her any less than a working class human. He also accepted Tom Robinson’s case. He took the case, fought as hard as he could, and even though Tom was a Negro, it took the jury two hours to come to a consensus, which means, he instilled a little bit of doubt into them. This is a massive accomplishment. To be able to give the word of a black man in court so much power back then was unheard of. Miss Maudie even said, “He (Atticus Finch) can’t win, but he’s the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out like that.” (238) He never once hesitated to do any of these things, which brings me to my next point.

When time was of the essence and there was a clear route to take, Atticus would take it without a second thought. If he thought something was right he would make sure it was protected as soon as he...
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