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Essay On Atticus Finch Courageous

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Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one. In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee portrays the character Atticus Finch is portrayed as a courageous father and human being. He does this by giving examples of when Atticus is courageous. Here are a few examples and scenarios where Lee portrays Atticus as courageous. One way that Atticus illustrates courage is in his defence of Tom Robinson during the sexuall asult trial. He chooses to defend Tom an african american man he believes is innocent. In the novel Atticus is courageous in the sense that he doesn’t care what others think of him. He is repeatedly called a “negro lover” and looked down on by the white community. Although he is being harassed he doesn’t care,and continues to defend Tom Robinson. He does this because he truly believes that Tom is innocent and feels that if he doesn’t fight for Tom he will lose his honor and respect as can be seen from the quote, Atticus to Scout “If I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent his legislature,I couldn't even tell you or Jem not do something again.” (100, Lee) He believes in his heart that it is…show more content…
In the novel Atticus shows courage by watching guard at Tom Robinson's jail cell the night before the trial. He is prepared to risk his life to protect Tom Robinson a man he believes is innocent.The white town men pull up to the jailhouse prepared to kill Tom. Atticus tells them that he is not leaving and shows he won't go down without a fight.With the help of Scout,Jem,Dill he wards them off. Atticus then says to Tom “There gonna.Get some sleep Tom they won't bother you anymore.”(206,Lee)The reader can clearly see from this quote that Atticu has the courage and heart to guarantee Toms safety. This also shows that Atticus would risk his life for someone he cares about. He has the courage to guarantee his safety and put Tom before
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