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.
Things are censored so people cannot interpret them in their own way. Books are outlawed because they allow a person to form their own ideas, which leads to chaos. “If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one” (Bradbury 58). Captain Beatty said this to Montag when he was explaining why the firemen do what they do. In the chase towards the end of the book the police arrest a man that is not Montag so the citizens are satisfied.
Atticus being familiar to the kind of people in Maycomb, he had a good feeling that he was going to lose the trial. “Despite the danger of a mob of men coming to lynch Tom, Atticus sits outside the jailhouse with nothing but a lamp” (Text 2). Atticus put himself in serious danger by standing up to these angry men wanting to hurt Tom. Later Scout and Jem arrive and this puts them in danger as well. “He also is willing to stand up against the odds-he knows he’s ‘licked’ before he even begins” (Text 2).
A very similar thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird, when Bob Ewell accuses Tom Robinson of raping his daughter Mayella, but Atticus proves that it was most likely Bob who did it. Bob Ewell, Mayella’s dad, the person who should be protecting her at all costs. The most common injustice in the novel appears when the kids find the case between Tom Robinson and the Ewell family to be unfair, highly illogical, and racist. When the verdict of guilty is revealed to the town, Jem becomes upset and says, “You just can’t convict a man on evidence like that- you can’t”
Also how Brooks didn’t want to be released from prison and how while he was free he thought of breaking his parole to go back into prison. The director captured the fear on Brooks face very well with a close, while Brooks on his ride to freedom. Brooks release led to him hanging himself. Red also expressed the same feeling after he was finally released on parole and felt like exiting the world like Brooks, but a promise he made to Andy kept him going on. Andy Dufresne captured the contradiction of the prison very well by saying “it took prison to make me a crook” after the Warden get Dufresne involved in money
Most children would be grateful for the love and kindness, but not Huck. When Huck meets up with Jim, the black slave, he plays a trick on him. Is this done to make fun of Jim or is Huck just being a bully in today’s standards. As he gathers a group of boys and creates a gang of robbers, we see Huck as a leader and not a nice one at that. “We stop stages and carriages on the road, with masks on, and kill the people and take their watches and money.” (p. 8).
In the second stanza of the poem, Kipling advises that we should be able to dream, but also stay realistic. Kipling points out that life has both successes and failures and you should be able to handle both. He emphasizes that it is important that we keep the ability of starting over even after failures and disappointments. In the novel, To Kill a Mocking Bird", Atticus fights the high profile case of Tom Robinson and works very hard to prove Tom 's innocence but he never loses the touch with reality. He understands that there is prejudice in the society against black people and that even though he tried his best, he could lose the case since he had not seen a jury deciding in favor of a black man.
Although Jem and Scout have their theories and alleged stories about Boo, he ends up saving their lives in a plot twist. However, in the act, he killed Bob Ewell. Due to the fact that he was only trying to protect Jem and Scout, Sheriff Heck Tate decides not to report Boo in the incident, saying Ewell fell on his own knife. Scout understands exactly why he does this. When discussing why he wouldn’t be put on trial, Scout says: “‘Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?’” (Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird The title of To Kill a Mockingbird isn’t significant to a lot of people who read or hear about the book, but when you uncover the true meaning behind the title, the book 's events make much more sense. To Kill a Mockingbird’s connection from the title to the rest of the books is shown when Tom Robinson is convicted for something he didn 't do, what Jem thinks about innocence, and what Scout thinks of Boo Radley. References to the essence of the mockingbird are spread throughout the book, showing that when the innocent are accused bad things will happen. During the trial, lots of tension between the black and white community arose. Miss Maudie was one of the first people to explain to the kids how wrong the trial was
It is crucially important to realize that Atticus did not tell his children about him being known as the best shot in town because this shows how humble he really is. Although Atticus does not directly talk to his children about humility; readers are able to understand how important this quality is to him. When Scout finds out about this, she wants to tell everybody, but Jem said on page 130, “I reckon if he 'd wanted us to know it, he’da told us. If he was proud of it, he’da told us.” Jem realized that his father was so humble and not prideful, and he went on to say that he was a gentleman just like Atticus. Scout and Jem’s view of their father suddenly changes when they witness his sharpshooting skills in real
others still follow and have the same vices. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel that has influenced many minds by the pages that contain a lesson filled story. It is about two young children who experience many unfortunate events in which occurs in every other person’s lives today. There are multiple characters in this story that are known to be “mockingbirds” due to their sense of purity. To kill a mockingbird is to abolish its innocence.