Atticus The Brave and Corageous

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Atticus The Brave and


There are many courageous people in this world including fire fighters, soldiers, police officers and other citizens that show random acts of courage. One person in particular that is a very courageous person is Atticus in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Throughout the novel Atticus shows great courage even when he knows things might not go the way he wants and he doesn’t stop or give up, he tries even harder and that shows true courage.

To start, it takes a courageous man to face the negative pressures of the society which he lives. During the 1930s racism is a powerful force. Yet Atticus Finch is willing to risk his reputation, his safety and even his children’s safety in order to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. His defense of this black man is destined to fail at the beginning by the nature of Southern life during this time period, but Atticus doesn’t let it stop him or even discourage him, honestly I think it gave him more courage in trying to succeeded in demonstrating the sickness of racism and also how it destroys towns and children’s lives . "Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do"(pg 149). This quote really demonstrates courage and how Atticus showed his courage because he knew he would lose the trial but he didn’t let that stop him because there is always that little chance and if you don’t try you will never know.

Second, throughout the novel and when he begins to engage his time in defending Tom Robinson, he shows another more subtle courage with his children. He teaches them that there are go...

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...ure generations. But with the courage that Atticus showed he was able to kill racism in Maycomb and change peoples minds which was killing the disease. Also the future generations would not be affected by the disease and be able to live a less “ugly life.”

In conclusion, after reading this novel it is very good at teaching what true courage is and demonstrates it throughout the novel. Atticus was the most courageous character in this book because of the many brave actions he took even though they could of hurt his reputation, his safety, and even his children’s safety. With all of these courageous acts he may be even one of the most courageous in the world. It takes a really strong person mentally to not fall into the negative pressures of others, and to stand up for what is right even though all the odds are against you. That is what real courage is.
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