13 December 2013
To Kill a Mockingbird
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill. Courage is the ability to do something that others do not agree with, but you do it anyways because you know it is the right thing to do. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has many characters that show courage. However, one of the main characters, Atticus Finch, shows a great deal of courage throughout the novel. During the period in which the novel takes place (1930’s) in Maycomb, Alabama, racism was a big “problem” in society. Atticus is a courageous lawyer and Jem and Scout are his children. Events that reveal courage in the novel include when Atticus defends a poor, black man’s case knowing he will get criticized. Also, Atticus show another type of courage when he takes the time to teach his children, lessons some parents may not teach. Lastly, Atticus shows many courageous acts, which is important throughout the novel. Atticus Finch reveals courage because he bravely faces the negative pressures of the society within he lives.
Atticus Finch is courageous for taking Tom Robinson’s case and defending him as thoroughly as possible. He takes a case he knows he can’t win. Atticus knows that the whole town is racist and that no one agrees with him to defend the black man, Tom. “Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience – Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.” (139) – Atticus Finch. Atticus stands up for Tom Robinson even though he knows his entire town will go against him; if he didn’t then he wouldn’t be able to live with himself. He knows that he will be hated by some for taking the case. It doesn’t matter to him what other people think, as long as he knows that he is doing the right thing. Secondly, Atticus Finch truly believes in justice and equality. Atticus...
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