Essay Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

1018 Words Jul 26th, 2015 5 Pages
As stated by Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, courage is “when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” (Pg. 128) What Mr. Finch means is that courage has to do with perseverance when doing the right thing whether they win or lose. It can also mean sticking to what one believes is morally correct, even when other people go against him/her for their efforts. Courage comes in many forms, even in quiet conviction. Not every story has an act of bravery, but it appears that most of the memorable novels do. In To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many characters that show courage in even the smallest things. Atticus Finch, his spunky daughter Jean Louise, also referred to as Scout in the novel, and their young hermit neighbor, Boo Radley demonstrate acts of courage and fortitude. The middle-aged, yet wise and kind-hearted Atticus Finch is a man of a respectable family. He is a lawyer in the town of Maycomb which may be the reason for his complete honesty with his children, Jem and Scout Finch. When a young black man, Tom Robinson, is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, the town of Maycomb quickly crashes into a fit of repugnance. Atticus is called upon by the judge to be the defendant of Tom Robinson, and he quickly accepts the case. Many people in the town, including members of the Finch family, are outraged by Atticus wanting to stand up for a Negro man. Multiple children pick on…

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