Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1006 Words Apr 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Can you imagine trying to defend a black man in the South during the 1930’s when racism was still extremely prevalent? Well that is exactly what Atticus Finch did in To Kill A Mockingbird. Tom Robinson was a black man accused of rape. Atticus, being a lawyer, took on the role of defending him. It was known that Tom had a mangled left arm and had no purpose in doing the accused crime, but in the end racism won, over and the court 's decision was guilty purely based on skin color. Courage is a main theme throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus tries to teach Scout and Jem what courage really is and he does this by setting an example for them. Atticus is one of the most courageous characters I have known till this day; he stood up for what was right in very hard situations, he went against mainstream society and decided to be a better person, and he did what was necessary even if it would harm himself. Atticus was courageous when he stood up for what was right in very difficult situations. One example is towards the beginning of the book. Scout was getting in a lot of trouble with kids at school and decided to ask Atticus why he is helping Tom. “‘Atticus, are we going to win it?’ ‘No, honey… Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,’” (Lee 76). He knew exactly what he was going into. He knew that he wouldn’t have won this case simply because racism was deep rooted in their society, but he still wanted to give Tom a…

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