Type Of Courage In To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” displays several types of courage and is shown in many of the characters in the book. Courage is defined differently for everyone, but in the book, courage is defined by Atticus Finch when he explains, “It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” (Lee 112) One character who displays a vast amount of courage in the book is Atticus Finch, particularly when he represents and defends Tom Robinson in court even though he knows he will never win the case and no good could come out of it. Atticus was appointed to represent Tom Robinson in court. He knew that by taking the case and choosing to defend Tom Robinson, it would make things very difficult for not only himself, but for his children as well with some of the people in Maycomb. Knowing that he would never be able to defend Tom Robinson well enough to persuade a jury to believe a black man’s word over a white woman’s, he chose to do the courageous act of defending as best he could to attempt to give Tom Robinson the justice he deserved. In one part of the novel, Atticus is speaking to Scout about one of the reasons he is defending Tom Robinson’s case. Atticus explains, “This case, 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.” (Lee 104) He then explains to Scout further why he doesn’t just side with everyone else’s opinions by saying, “They’re certainly entitled to their opinions, but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” (Lee 105) Atticus shows his courage in the above statements by explaining that even though it may be easier to not defend Tom Robinson, he chooses to defend him the best

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