Atticus's Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In Haper Lee’s novel, To Kill A mockingbird, the trial tests Atticus’s courage as it tries to see if he will snap underpressure or raise to the occasion. Yet snapping Atticus’s courage would not be a fate for him. The damsel in distress dynamitc is never just a saving the girl from the bad guy. It’s to take a battle meant for someone else knowing if someone didn’t fight, niether would the victum; and Atticus fought for the children of the man who was attacking him. “So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and I’d rather it be me than that houseful of children out there. You understand?” (Lee 222). Atticus saw the rippling effects…show more content…
Pulling a trigger will lead to fights that ended fast ,but only words can lead to fights that can be resolve. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do” (Lee 116). Atticus wants his children to understand that it doesn’t take courage to pull a trigger. Only cowards relay on the tactic of using the fear of strength to win a fight, but it takes courage to stand on already failing ground and hold one’s head up in diginty. It takes alot of courage for one to dicate work towards a goal that has such a slim chance of success, and yet work til the end of it to say one at least tried. Atticus hopes by explaining this to his children that they see how Atticus’s trial is a losing battle he is fighting, not only to win the trial, but to try a make small steps to better future. Courage is not something easily won with guns or money. It takes motivation and determination to have courage. It’s something that compelles one to go forth even if forward is two steps
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