Within the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the main character with a plan was Atticus. His plan at the beginning of the novel was to succeed in winning the Tom Robinson case. The case involved the accusations made against Tom that he raped Bob Ewell’s daughter, Mayella. Even though those around him would call him a “nigger lover”, including his family, he never deserted Tom when he was in need of help. For example, both Francis and Aunt Alexandra said that he was being a disgrace to the family name. Later on in the novel we find out that Atticus Finch’s definition of “real courage” is when you fight for something that is right, regardless the fact that you may win or lose. Atticus knew that Tom Robinson was an innocent man, but it only ended up being a black man’s word against an Ewells. Scout and Jem continuously questioned Atticus on why he took the case even if he knew he would lose and he admitted. His response to their questioning was that there were many reasons, but "the main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent the county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.” Atticus proved his bravery when he went against Maycomb, a generally prejudice town, in order to defend Tom. He knew that by accepting the case he would make himself an object of ridicule. He knew that a small population of the white people in the town would forgive him, but the black community would respect him for believing in a black man’s word against a white’s. Atticus did not mind how much his reputation suffered with the white members of Maybcomb, standing up for convictions was more important to him than what people thought. Atticus decided early he was going to stand up for someone’s... [continues]
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