To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

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Courage is something that lives in all of us. However, many don’t use the virtue. Many let the aspect of fear obstruct with being brave and courageous. However throughout the novel, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Atticus Finch dares to travel ‘the road not taken,’ and has a mind of a modern man living through the Great Depression. Atticus is a treasured lawyer in the novel and is an inspirational role model for his kids and many others in Maycomb County. Atticus is seen taking the road not taken by others; when he is defending Tom Robinson, thus proving that he puts others before himself and most importantly when he uses teaching methods and values that are immensely different than other peoples.

In the novel, Atticus defends a colored individual in a racist and sexist society. He willingly accepts the responsibility of defending Tom Robinson; a man accused of raping and abusing a white woman named, Mayella Ewell. Atticus accepts the label ‘nigger lover’ and takes the case knowing he is going to lose no matter how hard he tries to succeed. His simple objective is that he could stand in front of Jem and Scout with dignity and be a good role model. Atticus says ‘I wanted you to see what real courage is...You rarely win, but sometimes you do.’ (pg. 149) By saying this he means that it’s not always about winning something, losing can also be beneficial. In this situation Atticus also shows how he takes a road many others wouldn't have taken: everyone else would want to hear that he or she has won the case instead of losing in front of the jury and all who came to see. Living in the racist and prejudice society of Maycomb, Atticus knows people will believe a white person over a black person because...

... middle of paper ... this he means that there is no point in hiding anything, from kids if they ask you a question answer it truthfully. Thus, Atticus’ teaching methods are enormously different than of other people such as the Radleys, Cunninghams etc.

In conclusion, Atticus shows praiseworthy courage and behavior, in many instances, throughout the story by taking the road not taken. Not by fighting or killing, but by standing up for what he believed in; in a civilized and determined way. His strongest motivation; however, were his kids. He is unique compared to others by taking this road as he defended a black man, putting people before himself and his teaching methods are different. Atticus has made a vast amount of changes to Jem and Scout and has been a great role model. He wants to live without regrets, and to him that's the only way you can say you really lived at all.
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