The True Meaning of Courage Essay

1199 Words Oct 26th, 2010 5 Pages
Most people define courage as a dangerous physical act to defend from others, but Atticus Finch shows it from a whole new different perspective. Atticus represents many types of courage and bravery in To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus not only exemplifies a stern yet fair attitude towards Jem and Scout, but he also shows this mindset at the courtroom. He reveals bravery from the start of the novel, all the way to the finish. During the course of the novel, Atticus displays many examples of courage.
In the beginning of the novel, Atticus shows courage right away. The first example occurs when Miss Caroline forbids Scout to read. Scout explains to Atticus why she wants to quit school and how he could just teach her himself. With
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“The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this country in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.””75. Even though mostly everyone thinks Atticus shouldn’t do much for Tom Robinson’s case, he doesn’t listen and takes the trial against all odds. He knows he will lose the case, but he does it anyway. When Tom Robinson was in Jail, Atticus went to the jail house to protect him from the mob he knew was coming for Tom. ““You know what we want,” another man said. “Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch.” “You can turn around and go home again, Walter.” Atticus said.””151. Although he was alone against several men, Atticus held his head up high and resisted the mob. He wasn’t going to let them murder Tom Robinson even if it meant him sacrificing his own life. Even Aunt Alexandra utters a disapproval of his decision. ““Grandma says it’s bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a nigger-lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again. He’s ruinin’ the family, that’s what he’s doin’.””83. Regardless of all the ridicule he will get from the case, he still will defend Tom. He shows it’s worth defending

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