Atticus afterwhile took the gun and took aim at the suffering dog. Atticus vividly shows bravery shooting the dog so the rabid dog couldn’t hurt anyone it crossed paths with. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus is a very courageous character. His bravery, integrity, and loyalty all show what it means to be a true man and father.
He is also one of the best lawyers is the county. Atticus is the most courageous character because He defended Tom Robinson (a black man) even when he was almost positive they would lose. Atticus is pretty much his own definition of courage, he said that “courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through, no matter what”. Atticus went against everyone and defended Tom.
Atticus ‘the dad’ shows courage when he stood in the middle of the street, facing off with a rabid dog armed with a shotgun ”In a fog, Jem and I watched our father take the gun and walk out into the middle of the street..”(104). that’s a huge act of courage to protect loved ones. His personality is full of courage to the things he says to what he does. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”(Atticus). Miss Maudie shows courage when she refuses to be pressured by the “footwashin” Baptist who try to shame her, again just standing up for yourself is showing courage.
Montag displays his determination in his conversation and brawl with Beatty, when escaping the murder of Beatty, and when reaching the river. Montag exemplifies determination when talking with Beatty. Before Montag confronts Beatty, he “felt his right foot, then hit left foot, move. ‘Old man,’ he said, ‘stay with me’”
Atticus Finch is an archetype of personal bravery and his bravery is demonstrated again and again throughout the novel. Atticus not only takes Tom Robinson's case, he defends him vehemently setting himself against the prevailing attitudes and customs of Maycomb. Mrs. Dubouse criticizes him when she said, “Atticus is a Niger lover!” (Lee 100). Atticus stands up to his neighbors' racism, knowing that in doing so, he is exposing himself and his family to difficult times.
Do you know why people in Maycomb, Alabama have such a high level of respect for Atticus Finch? In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch isn’t just respected from the character’s viewpoints in the story, but also from the reader’s perspective. Atticus, was well respected for his ways of parenting. He was also respected for his diligent hard work and tireless hours within the courtroom. Even though Atticus has different thoughts and disagrees with all most everyone in Maycomb, people still has a great deal of respect for him.
Atticus is a courageous man who fights for what he believes in and is not afraid of others and stands up to evil. Throughout the book Atticus is not afraid of Bob Ewell and is willing to face him face to face, and refuses to back down. “Atticus told Miss Ruth not to fret, that if Bob Ewell wanted to discuss Atticus ‘getting’ his job, he knew the way to his office” (Lee 285). Atticus shows his courage, because he is willing to talk to Bob Ewell and is not scared of Bob’s threats.
Atticus shot a dog that was heading for people in his neighborhood because the dog had rabies, the dog could have killed someone. That took courage because, Atticus was showing his children that he was actually good at shooting but, he chose not to, also, it showed courage is by risking his life by being close to the sick dog to save someone else from getting hurt. Choosing to do what he believed was right with the Tom Robinson trial. Atticus got a lot of trouble for defending Tom Robinson just because he was colored.
Though Jefferson, a man wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death in A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, has to stay strong, two men stand out as strong or even stronger, Grant Wiggins and Reverend Ambrose. The two men are some of the best leaders in the community but they have different strengths, and Grant is better able to help Jefferson meet his unfortunate death. Throughout A Lesson Before Dying Reverend Ambrose and Grant Wiggins are some of the best leaders in the Quarter.
George orwell took capital punishment and exposed the wrong in taking an innocent life in his essay titled The Hanging. In Orwell’s essay The hanging, he tells the story of a puny Hindu man that was due to be hanged. Orwell used a dog to metaphorically represent the voice of reason that kept nagging at the guards constantly while they walked through the gallows. This particular essay also proves his superiority in political writing and dystopian societies due to his effectiveness of the dog representing the opposition to capital punishment. He purposely chose the dog, to be the only one noticing the immorality in capital punishment all while the human beings were carelessly, and unmindfully taking the life of another human being.
According to the Webster’s dictionary, a hero is defined as a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. Atticus Finch defines heroism as “when you know you’re licked before you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” Atticus was the only one that stood up for Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape. He did it, because he knew it was the right thing to do, even though there was a large possibility that he wouldn’t win the case.
What separates a hero from any other ordinary person? A hero can benefit other people and has the features of a strong and bold person. Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird not just has the features and characteristics of a hero but also demonstrates them. He does this whether it be through doing Maycomb’s dirty work or having a heroic job that he does in attempt to save the lives of innocent people.
Courage throughout history has always been interpreted in many different ways; cowardice, defiance, and even idiocy. Often it is hard to recognize true courage until many years have passed. True courage is showing bravery and standing up for your beliefs and principles in times of strife. “Courage isn’t a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin
To Kill a Mocking Bird Literary Criticism Hero; a man who is admired for courage and bravery. Atticus Finch is established as this “hero,” in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a book illustrating the setting for the mid 1930’s in the Deep South. The writer, Harper Lee portrays a different type of hero. A lawyer defending an African American. Some propose Mr. Finch was not a man of fortitude.