To Kill a Mockingbird
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, many characters in the book demonstrate bravery. Three good examples are Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Dolphus Raymond. Atticus Finch was brave for defending a Negro in court because he knew it was the right thing to do. The Negro’s name was Tom Robinson. Tom gets accused of raping a young woman and shows bravery by telling the truth in front of a court house of whites. Dolphus Raymond likes to be known as the town drunk, but many people jump to conclusions about him. He shows bravery as well as being a coward by telling the children the truth about himself. The main character of this story, Atticus Finch, defends an innocent black man who is on trial for rape. Atticus knew the odds were against them, and he still chose to defend the negro. (PG 119) “I’d rather you shoot tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a Mockingbird.” Atticus tells the kids not to shoot the Mockingbirds because they just bring musical joy. This symbolizes happiness, killing the Mockingbird would take that away. Atticus shows bravery when he says “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do” He believed that even if the odds go against something, that it shows courage by trying. Not admitting defeat represented bravery through courage. Tom Robinson was the Negro character in the book who shows a great amount of bravery by standing up for himself in court to an all-white community. (PG 260) “ Somethin I’m not fitten to say in front of these folks n children to hear.” Atticus says “what did he say Tom? You must tell the jury what he said.” Tom Robinson shut his eyes tight. “He says you god damn whore ill kill ya.” Tom Robinson shows a great deal of bravery and courage by saying this...
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