The Consequences Of Heroism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“In short, heroism means doing the right thing, regardless of the consequences”- (Unknown Author.) A hero is a figure that someone looks up to; today people look up to the celebrities of the world. However, is this actually who society should be looking up to? Celebrities, like Kim Kardashian, don’t particularly give a decent example of how people should act. When she publicly says and means things like, “I hate when woman wear the wrong foundation colour, it might be the worst thing on the planet” it should make society question their fascination with such superficiality. Kim Kardashian flaunts her body, she attends large parties, owns a great deal of expensive items and throws a fit when life’s not the way she wants it. Most young women in …show more content…
A hero is someone who is persistent, someone who does not give up, someone who faces the odds. When Atticus takes Tom Robinson’s case, he knows it is a risk. He realises he probably will not win, as the odds are against him due the racist attitudes of people in Maycomb. Although, this never once prevents him from giving his all to the case, not once does Atticus give up. He mentions to his son, “…you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (Lee, 2010, p. 124). This displays that Atticus has the courage to continue fighting even when it seems like the world is against him. Atticus also states, “You rarely win, but sometimes you do” (Lee, 2010, p. 124). Even though he knows that he is unlikely to win Tom’s case, Atticus still works hard fighting for Tom’s innocence with the belief that there is a possibility that good might come of it. A hero battles for what they think is right, and this is what Atticus is doing. Heroes today rarely lose their battles; they are portrayed to be the winner, and always seem come out on top. On the other hand, Lee uses Atticus to show that a hero does not have to be the winner, they just have to fight for what is just. What makes Atticus a hero is that he gets up and fights, despite the fact that everything is against him, he has the courage to fight in a battle that he knows he’s likely to

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