The evidence boils down to you-did-I-didn 't. The jury couldn 't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson 's word against the Ewells, '" Atticus solemnly explains this to his brother. First of all, Atticus demonstrates courage when he undertakes the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of rape. Atticus knows he won 't win the case and like Mrs. Dubose in her battle against morphine, he is "licked" before he begins. Nevertheless, Atticus knows that Tom is innocent and that he must fight for him, since no one else will.
Candy had realized it was his responsibility to have shot his dog. He owed it to him to do it himself. At the end of the book when George shoots Lennie, it is in comparison to Candy's dog. Candy hadn’t taken it upon himself to kill his dog. George felt like Lennie was his responsibility, so instead of allowing another man to kill Lennie, he shot him himself.
The man does at time do some things that the boy doesn't like, and can look like he is turning out to become a bad guy, yet it is necessary steps to ensure their safety. In one part of the book after a encounter with a group of cannibals were the man has to shoot the cannibal to get away, the man tells the boy, ”[MAN] ‘You wanted to know what the bad guys looked like. Now you know. It may happen again. My jobs to take care of you I was appointed to do that by God.
Not only does Atticus agree to take Tom Robinson’s case, but he defends Tom from start to finish. By taking Tom’s case he’s agreeing to take the hate from everyone else in the town of Maycomb, and exposing himself and his family during those difficult times. Atticus shows great courage when he puts himself between Tom Robinson and the mob that has come for Tom. Atticus shows no fear and with courage, he once again honors his moral by protecting Tom’s life with his own. Another example of Atticus’s courage is when he had to shoot the rabid dog in front
When chosen to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape, he must`decide to truly defend Robinson or not. Atticus’ choice to protect him shows immense integrity and dignity although it earns him cruel criticism from his neighbors and family. When Scout asks Atticus why he took the case, he replies that he would never be able to ask Jem and Scout to mind him again if he didn’t take the case. Atticus would have lost his dignity and respect for himself if he hadn’t attempted to save Tom Robinson from an unjust fate. One can only strive to attain such integrity and dignity as the character of Atticus
I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog” he also regrets that he was not the one who put his dog down, he thinks that he is the one who was supposed to do it and not let anyone “stranger” do it for him. Candy explains to George what he think they will do after he is not useful anymore, “you seen what they did to my dog? They says he was no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody’d shoot me…” he is so lonely that he is wishing for someone to shoot him and put him out of his misery just like they did with his dog, because he has no one anymore, who will he
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. He understands the facts of life but stays committed to the truth. He knows that he would have to appeal jury 's decision in case Tom Robinson is found guilty. In the next stanza, Kipling points out that in life when you lose everything, you must be also willing to forget about your loss. He advises that you will need to keep your "Will" alive in the most challenging circumstances even though you feel that you are physically and emotionally beaten.
This is where Scout asks “Atticus, are we going to win it?” Which then Atticus responds “No, Honey”(pg.101) Here Atticus showed courage because he was “licked” before he started. He even knew he wasn’t going to win but he wouldn’t be able to look at his kids if he did not do this. This shows even more courage by Atticus admitting he was going to lose . Harper Lee said “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”(pg.134) Here is when Atticus and the kids go to Mrs. Dubose’s house and talked to her about things. This is courage because Atticus was not holding a gun or being mean to Mrs. Dubose.
Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee’s very definition, “Real courage is when you know you 're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Courage comes up so many times in this story throughout almost every single character. The characters that I will be proving the acts of courage in in this essay are Mr. Heck Tate, Mr. Dolphus Raymond, Aunt Alexandra, and Miss Maudie. Theses characters may not show quite as much courage as some of the others but they do help prove what real courage is. Heck Tate is the sheriff of Maycomb County, which means his job is to protect and serve the people of his jurisdiction. I definitely think that he does this.