To Kill a Mockingbird- Signs of Courage

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Race and Ethnicity, White people Pages: 2 (528 words) Published: May 28, 2013
Dear Ms. Garriot

To Kill A Mockingbird took place in a small Alabama town named Maycomb. It tells a story about a Black man accused of raping a White woman named Mayella Ewell. The towns racial division, social inequality, lack of education, and bravery are all revealed during the trial. Atticus a well-educated man, with integrity was chosen to defend Tom Robinson the Black man accused of the crime. Even though Atticus knew he was not going to win and that Tom was innocent. He still wanted to try and show the people of Maycomb county that they let race decide your “fate” and that court system should be one of the places where everyone is equal. Even though all of these signs of inequality existed happened courage was shown by many of the townspeople so I decided to write my letter about that.

Judge Taylor had the courage to assign Atticus to defend Tom. Usually the public defendant cases were given to younger/ new attorneys. He gave this case to Atticus because he knew Atticus was to only one who would try to defend Tom. Judge Taylor also postponed the trial to allow Atticus time to prepare. Atticus began to prepare for the trial even though he knew he was not going to win.

Atticus was a well-educated, respected lawyer in the town of Maycomb. Atticus put his family relationship on the line for justice. Even though the people in the town were criticizing him. “He had announced the day before that Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers” (page 85). She said everyone was using that word. Atticus told her that the use of that work was for common people, and everyone minus one was going to be using it. He had the courage to send his daughter back to school where he knew everyone else was using the word and she would be criticized by her peers but he stood for equality even at his daughters expense. Scout asked if you should not be defending him why are you doing it.

The next day at school Scout had the courage to tell Cecil Jacobs to take back what he...
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