The novel To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates the idea that the bravest individual is the one who obeys his or her conscience. One way this work proves this point is through plot. Plot is the sequence of events in a literary work. As the plot unfolds in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, one of the books main characters, continues to do what he thinks is right despite what people say about him. An example of this behavior is how Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape, despite everything he has been taught, and despite the children and townspeople who antagonize his two children.
He isn’t racist, he stands up for what he believes in, and doesn’t care what people say about him. Atticus has been called a “nigger-lover” by many people in Maycomb, but he still had the moral courage to stick with his job in defending Tom Robinson. He even told Jem and Scout to not do anything that would affect his decision on staying with the trial or not. I thought that that showed his determination to continue with
Deerslayer starts out just like the Early Americans lost in nature, though just like the great Rousseauian philosophy that nature is good and similar to the Early Americans Deerslayer goes from a lost soul to finding his niche in society. Overall, the origins of Deerslayer play a vital role in him becoming Cooper’s idea of the perfect American Hero, and help him transition into his manhood. Deerslayer’s believes a true man acts with courage, and he does not act as a fool or a coward. For, example Deerslayer only believes a man can kill another man if both sides can fight; this contrasts from the beliefs of Hurry Harry. This shows that Deerslayer symbolizes a true man because he does not act like a frivolous child eager to kill; he has logic and wants justice to prevail.
When he got up and walked across the porch into the shadows, his youthful step had returned. Before he went inside the house, he stopped in front of Boo Radley. ’Thank you for my children, Arthur,’ he said.” (276) This shows and supports my claim of the characters of this book could re-teach the lesson. Finally, Lee shows that her characters use this lesson in an event, in this case, taken place at the courtroom in the summer. Tom Robinson, a Negro, is charged for the rape of Mayella Ewell, a white female of the age of 19.
Why’n’t you shoot him, Candy?’” Another man, Slim, also agrees with Carlson’s beliefs. “‘Carl’s right, Candy. That dog ain’t no good to himself. I wisht somebody’d shoot me if I got old an’ a cripple.’” (Steinbeck, 44-45) The men all agree that the dog is old and has suffered enough, living through the last days of his life. They all want to end the dog’s misery by killing him.
Another demonstration of courage was when he was shooting the rabid dog. Heck Tate tells Atticus to kill the sick animal and even though he has not fired a gun in a long time, he still took the responsibility to kill the mad dog, knowing that if he misses, it will be a disaster. In conclusion Atticus shows courage in many events throughout the novel. He doesn’t show it by fighting but by standing up for what he believes in and for his kids, Jem and
The Courage of a Man Is being courageous really worth risking said physical well being or social outlook? Really courageous people risk everything for others. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch takes that risk. He takes the Tom Robinson case when he knows that they will lose, and does everything in his power to prove his innocence. Bob Ewell spitting in Atticus’ face does not faze or provoke him into lowering himself to Bob’s level.
Jem Finch, loses his childlike innocence and love for his hometown after seeing both his father lose the trial, and Tom ending up dead because of it. Over the course of the novel we begin to slowly see Jem’s character become a mockingbird. The true turning point in Jem’s character happens immediately after we hear that Tom Robinson is convicted guilty. Jem believed with all his heart that his father Atticus would win the trial and Tom would be acquitted. “I shut my eyes.
‘It ain’t right,’ he muttered.” This quotation from just after the trial shows how Jem has grown up, he is furious with the jury’s verdict. “Then it all goes back to the jury, then. We oughta do away with juries.” Jem is outraged at the jury from Maycomb who found Tom guity of raping Mayella he hates juries and think that they are all the same so therefore wants them to be gone forever. “Doesn’t make it right,’ said Jem stolidly. He beat his fist softly on his knee.
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus is a lawyer in Maycomb County, and the father of Jem and Scout. He is the man who had the courage to stand for what he believes and to fight against what he thinks is wrong. He takes Tom Robinson’s case even though he knows that he is going to lose and that the town’s people would not be happy with it. He believes that every human being should be treated and respected equally no matter his or her appearance. Atticus’ sense of justice redeems Maycomb County from their prejudice.