Courageousness In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Courage is defined as people doing acts of selflessness for the greater good. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird and Edward Snowden fit the definition of courage by sacrificing their own reputation for righteousness, knowing consequences will be harsh, changing the future, but not lingering in the moment, and also standing up for what they believe in. These two courageous “heroes” show us what we can be if we let go of ourselves and open our eyes to what is really happening around us.
Sacrificing one 's reputation in order to carry out an action that has harsh consequences exemplifies a person’s courageousness in many ways. Atticus Finch shows this when he takes on the Tom Robinson trial. The court needed a lawyer to defend Tom Robinson,
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Finch telling his daughter why he took the case, and how it has affected him. When Atticus took the case, he was fully aware that in taking this case, he would be disregarded in the white society because he was defending a black man who was accused of rape. Furthermore, Atticus himself wanted to take this case because he knew that no one would stand up for Tom, and that even if a lawyer was forcefully appointed, the defense would only have one or two lines. Similarly, Edward Snowden, a highly wanted “criminal” in the United States, does the same thing when he sacrifices his “ideal” lifestyle of a stable job, a family, and most importantly his citizenship as an American man. He does this when he leaks the secret documents about the US government using their technology to spy on their own citizen’s privacy, many organizations around the world, and also many countries. Snowden accepts the fact that he will be the most wanted criminal of the American society after releasing this information, but still does it. He says “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions and that the return of this information to the public marks my end” (Snowden 2013). This shows Mr. Snowden great understandings of the consequences of his actions which are assassination, and prison for life, when he leaked the documents and data out to the public. Therefore, these two men lost their own reputation in the “home”, but also spoke out for others showing great …show more content…
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson during the trial and also indirectly speaks out for the black society. Tom was a black man convicted of rape, and everyone wanted justice to be dealt. And, everyone wanted Tom dead so attempts were made, but were unsuccessful. During the trial, Atticus stands up and gives a speech in the defense of Tom, this speech attempted to change the people of the court to understand that the black race was just as equal as the white race. Atticus

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