Courage Essay

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Courage is an attribute that few people possess, and most long to have. Courage is the ability to stand up for what is right in the face of adversity. Without men having courage, evil will always triumph. As Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Later, Einstein would repeat this in reference to Adolf Hitler. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus portrayed his courage time and time again throughout the novel. He showed his bravery and will to do what was right when he took the Tom Robinson case. Tom was a negro (sic) man accused of raping the daughter of Mr. Ewell. Atticus took the case because he needed to uphold his sense of justice and self-respect to model for his children. Since the story took place in the thirties, racism was heavily prevalent and even children as young as six use the “n” word. Atticus was a lawyer and when word got around town that he planned to defend Tom to the best of his abilities, the town turned on Atticus like a pack of wolves. He became the talk of the town, and none of it was good. People couldn’t understand why Atticus would defend Tom, and many children tell Scout that her father is a ‘“n’ word lover”’. Atticus ended up losing the case but, he knew that they had a chance on an appeal. Tom had given up hope though, and tried to escape prison. He was shot seventeen times. Earlier in the story the children of Atticus, Jem and Scout, dread walking by the home of Mrs. Dubose, the miserable, mean old lady of the suburb. Her house was squarely on the path to school, and walking out of the way of it would add a mile to the walk. Mrs. Dubose heckled and berated the children as they walked by. She shouted insults at them from her porch. When Atticus walks by with the children, he stands up straight, walks right over to Mrs. Dubose, looks her in the eye, and attempted to

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