“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”Atticus follows through exactly what he said in the novel several times. He displays courage when he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused wrongly of rape. In a southern town most people would have declined the job of defending a black man in court because people tend to very racists in the south. Yet the fear of being criticized or ridiculed by the townsfolk of Maycomb County seems to have no effect on Atticus and his belief that is, justice should be given to all. "The only thing we've got is a black man's word against the Ewells'. The evidence boils down to you-did-I-didn't. The jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the Ewells,” Atticus explains this to his brother one night. Even though Atticus knows that he will not win the case he still fights for him in court because he knows that Tom is innocent and his courageous ways keep him fighting since no one else would. He is determined to try his hardest no matter what the outcome is and keeps one thing in mind. Which is, whether the people of Maycomb choose to believe him or not he wants them to hear the truth about Tom “That boy might go to the chair, but he's not going till the truth's told" When Tom Robinson was moved to the Maycomb jailhouse, Atticus, without any second thoughts spends the night guarding the jailhouse door in order to protect Tom from any mobs that would form. When four cars pull up and the men inside them tell Atticus to leave, Atticus, knowing he is outnumbered refuses. He puts Tom’s health in mind first before his own and that is a valiant move on Atticus’s behalf. Whether it was the idea of being abused physically...
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