1st Paragraph of to Kill a Mocking Bird Essay

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” (Winston Churchill) Many characters in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, display physical and moral courage that develops throughout the novel and supports the theme, courage. Atticus Finch is the most courageous person out of the four characters who shows courage. Also, Atticus’ son, Jem Finch shows courage towards Atticus by standing up for him. A third character is Heck Tate who shows courage by risking his job. Lastly, Link Deas is a man who risks his reputation by helping a man in need. These four characters show courage in different ways throughout the story to support the theme. Atticus Finch is a courageous man of Maycomb county. When a rabid dog stumbles into their neighborhood, Atticus comes across a life or death choice. He is given a gun to shoot it, risking not only his life but his neighbors’ lives as well. Atticus has one shot to kill the rabid dog. If he misses, the bullet would go to the Radley house and there is a chance that he might shoot one of his neighbors, the Radleys “ ‘For God’s sake, Mr. Finch, look where he is! Miss and you’ll go straight into the Radley house! I can’t shoot that well and you know it!’ ” (127) When Atticus is put in the spot to shoot the dog, it is a courageous act because if Atticus does not kill the dog he knows that it will turn around and attack him due to being rabid it will attack anyone and if Atticus shoots someone’s house he would end up in jail for murder. Another example of how Atticus is courageous was when he stands his ground against a drunk mob trying to kill Tom Robinson. Since Heck Tate is called off on duty, he had no support at all. “ ‘You know what we want’ another man said ‘Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch’ ‘You turn around and go home Walter,’ Atticus said pleasantly.” (202) Atticus risks his own life
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