To Kill a Mockingbird - Courage "Courage is when you know you 're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what" According to Atticus Finch, an honest lawyer in Harper Lee 's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. "Real courage" is when you fight for what is right regardless of whether you win or lose. Atticus fits into this definition of what "real courage" is and demonstrates it several times throughout the novel. "The only thing we 've got is a black man 's word against the Ewells '. The evidence boils down to you-did-I-didn 't.
They heard about "...a malevolent phantom. ", that "People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows. When people 's azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them. Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work." For the children, Boo Ridley became a legend about a terrifying monster that never left house.
It’s human nature to want to protect ourselves from danger or getting in trouble. The same thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird by the majority of the characters whenever something happens that incriminates them. A demonstration of self-preservation in the novel is when Atticus is cross-examining Mayella Ewell in court. During the cross-examination, Atticus says, “What did your father see in the window, the crime of the rape or the best defense to it? Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251).
In the book to kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the story shows the meaning of true courage between characters. One example in the book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ shows Atticus shooting the rabid dog in Chapter 10. Atticus hasn’t shot a gun in many years, but when Atticus gets a call from Calpurnia he rushes home to see for himself. Heck Tate states that he isn’t a great shot and that, that dog needed to be put down swiftly. Atticus takes the gun and within one good look, shoots the dog and ends the life of a struggling, out of control dog.
Resilience is shown in both of these heroes, as they took on noble tasks, while knowing it was futile. However Attikus and Bhutto stilled tried to just make a miniscule difference in their society. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus took Tom Robinson case, and even he admitted that a all white in the deep south would convict a black man on sight. Even so Atticus said that if he didn’t defend Tom Robinson he “couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man”(Lee 104). This demonstrates Atticus resilience as he has been willing to fight a losing battle just to demonstrate his convictions; a non racist judicial system in Maycomb, Alabama.
Atticus illustrates the characteristics of bravery in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird by choosing to defend a black man in court, and shooting a rabid dog in Maycomb. The first way Atticus serves as an example of bravery is when he defends Tom Robinson’s case in the Maycomb
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the character Atticus possesses the most compassion out of the other characters. Atticus is a man of profession, however, his compassionate heart can not be overlooked. Atticus tells Jem to "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (Lee 81) to display his compassion for those who are innocent. Compassion is the concern for the suffering or misfortune of others.
For instance, Rikki Tikki tells Nag and Nagaina that it is wrong of them to eat Darzee’s eggs (para 25). This demonstrates an example of personification because Rikki upset with Nag and Nagaina always bullying the other the animals of the garden. This piece of personification supports the theme because even though Rikki knew that cobra’s are venomous, he still stood up to them and fought them. In addition, Nagaina tells Nag to go and wait in the house that Teddy and his family lives in so that they can kill Rikki (para 49). This also demonstrates an example of personification because Nagaina was fed up with Rikki Tikki ruling the garden that she sent Nag out to try and kill him.
She also learns about the true Boo Radley, the man who she thought was a monster but ended up saving her and her brother from being killed by the accuser of the case. Harper Lee’s novel teaches its readers about how Boo and Atticus do what’s good, not for themselves, but for others. To Kill a Mockingbird is a “simple love story” because of the
Primary Evidence: Atticus killed Tim the dog so that his family and Cal would be safe and not get attacked (Lee 96). 2. Interpretation: Mockingbirds are very territorial, which Atticus shows when he tries to protect Jem and Scout from the dangers of not only people, but animals. C. Claim: Atticus also shows courage especially when he represents a black man in a racist town. 1.
She could not do this alone though she had Jem read to her every day just to distract her mind from thinking of morphine. This next quote from “If’ says “ If you can trust yourself when all men doubt yourself.” Atticus trust himself to get Tom a fair trial even if he is black, he knew it was going to be hard but he has to do it for himself. Like the quote said though everyone else has no hope that Tom was going to win the trial, but since he trust in Atticus to do the best of his ability to win the trial for him Do you see how it feels like “If” and To Kill A Mockingbird were written by the same person it is crazy how close they are. I am completely certain that she used this poem to develop her characters, who know how many things she used to develop her