The Real Atticus Finch “I want you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you begin but you begin anyways”, Atticus Finch once stated. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus was respected by everyone including the very poor.
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson and Arthur “Boo” Radley are two characters who represent the mockingbird. In the midst of finding who Boo truly is, Atticus Finch explains to his children, Jem and Scout, that it is a sin to kill the bird because they don’t do anything but make music. As the story progresses, and the two “mockingbirds” are being accused and attacked both verbally and physically, the identity of the mockingbirds surfaces. Tom Robinson was a crippled African American man whose left arm was a foot shorter than his right, where it was caught in a cotton gin.
Humans tend to put on outward attitudes in various situations. Whether it results from their insecurities or their responsibilities of protecting somebody, people mask their true emotions and feelings. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, many of the characters hide their true feelings and change their personalities in order to appear strong and in order to conform to society. However, in the poem, “We Wear the Mask,” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the narrator and his people, the African Americans, suffer tragedies, such as discrimination and racial hate. Despite this, the people are coerced to keep a positive outward demeanor in order to appear strong and to not allow others to take advantage of them.
In the Novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there is a plentiful supply of characters that are considered strong in reasons such as Characteristically and strong as in fleshed out story wise. In my humble opinion based off those aspects, I feel that Atticus Finch is the strongest of the characters in the novel. Atticus’s Character traits of Courage, Responsibility, and Integrity are most clearly shown through how he Defends Tom Robinson despite the odds, How he Parents his kids, and how he selflessly defends Tom even though it’s Unpopular to defend a black man. Atticus’s Acts of courage in the novel are quite astounding. As quoted by Atticus Himself “Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (Lee.149)
Many people Question the definition of courage, it could be what a person does or even who they are. Courage is one of the most important things a person could have. For insists Guy Montag from the novel” Fahrenheit 451” shows acts of courage by standing up for something. Boo rabley from “To kill a mockingbird” does something to help somebody that takes courage. Last Eliezer from” Night ”which is a book that tells a life story of someone in the Holocaust Genocide, shows courage because he is in a life threating situation and stays strong the whole way through.
The mad dog represents the mob, injustice, and anything Atticus has to fight. Atticus takes one shot and kills the mad dog. He kills it because Heck Tate wouldn’t do it and he asked Atticus to do it. Atticus is very courageous because he risked missing and shooting something or someone else.
Some feel that our courts are safe and true, others would say our courts have various flaws and don’t always fulfill the truth. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is the father to two young children, Scout and Jem, and works as a lawyer as a single father in their small southern town in Alabama during the thirties. Atticus gets handed a case when he has to defend a black man over a white woman. Through the use of racism and symbolism, Atticus’s claim that “out courts are the great levelers, and in our court’s all men are created equal,” is proved to be unsuitable.
If someone went against all the social norms today to protect the wellbeing of someone else, or to do what is right, would it be considered courage? Harper lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, told a story of two children and their father’s battle to win equality in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Jean Louise, also known as Scout and her brother Jeremy, or Jem, witnessed their father, Atticus Finch, fight society to earn Tom Robinson freedom. When Tom is accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell, Mr. Finch is chosen to represent him in court because he is the only man in Maycomb who sees him as an equal. In To Kill a Mockingbird Lee shows us many examples of her idea of courage; Atticus saves from the mob, as well as representing him in court, and Boo Radley saves Scout and Jem.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless novel by Harper Lee; in the book Harper Lee illustrates the heroism of Atticus Finch. The novel is set in the early 1930s in Maycomb County, Alabama. At the time of the book racism was a part of life and the divide between blacks and whites were unprecedented. To Kill a Mockingbird is about Atticus Finch, a white lawyer, who defends an innocent black man in a corrupt court system and challenges the ideals of his community, while teaching his children integrity. Atticus Finch is a hero because of his courage, courtesy and morals.