Essay On Atticus Showing Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Showing courage is taking risks, knowing the outcome might not be what you want. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, courage is displayed by many characters. The importance of showing courage is letting the audience of the book know anyone can have courage. For example, Atticus was able to defend a black man, not knowing what people would to him. While Scout stands up for herself, having no idea how Aunt Alexandra will react. Scout is showing courage when she does not care what others think. For example when she was at school and Cecil Jacobs says Atticus “defends niggers” Scout is quick to defend. She yells, “You take can just take that back, boy”(Lee 99). Though she is wrong, Scout must think to herself she is to be the one to stand up for her father. So she stood up to Cecil Jacobs not caring what others thought of her. For instance, as Aunt…show more content…
For example, at home Scout is talking to Atticus, she worries they will lose the case. Atticus tells her, “No honey… Simply because we are licked a hundred years before we started is no reason to try to win” (Lee 101). Atticus must think if he can defend a black man, maybe others in the community might treat blacks better. For instance, Scout tells Atticus how Cecil Jacobs says he “defends niggers” Atticus replies, “Of course I do” (Lee 99). Atticus took upon defending Tom, a black man, knowing he would not win the case, he knew the harsh things people would throw at him. But Atticus brushed them off. The characters Atticus and Scout, in To Kill a Mockingbird showed courage by taking risks, though the outcome may not be in their favor. Atticus had defended Tom Robinson, though he knew he would not win. Scout stood up for herself when Aunt Alexandra was rude to her about her clothing choices. The choices they made were either small or big, but truly defined their
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