Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1277 Words May 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”. In the award winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is a single dad with two children-Scout and Jem-who are six and nine years old. Throughout the book, Scout and Jem experience many mysteries, one being about Boo Radley; the neighbor who apparently has been locked inside for decades. Atticus had a predicament of his own. Atticus decided to take on the role of defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused with raping a white woman. Atticus Finch and Boo Radley are characters that demonstrate the theme of the book; courage is doing what’s right even when the odds of succeeding are limited.
To begin with, Atticus Finch is a great character who displays the true meaning of courage. For instance, Atticus decided to defend Tom, an African American accused of rape, in a court case. During this period of time, African Americans were treated like squalor, facing obscene amounts of prejudice and racism. Atticus, a white man, decided to take the case and stand up for Tom. Atticus said “ When it is a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins”(Lee 295). This quote indicates that Atticus knew that Tom most likely would not win the case, but he still fought until the very last minute to prove Tom’s innocence. Atticus fought for Tom because he knew it was morally correct, not…

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