One of the characters who show real courage is Tom Robinson. Being an African-American and living a generally prejudiced town like Maycomb, Tom was already licked from the start. Tom was allegedly accused of raping a white person and as Atticus says, “In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins” (295). During his trial, Tom could have lied about his reasoning for helping Mayella, to keep himself from getting into more trouble but instead he showed real courage by revealing the real reason behind his actions: “I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em” (264). Since Jim Crow laws were active in Maycomb, Tom’s answer was seen as a terrible mistake: “Below us, nobody liked Tom Robinson’s answer” (264).
The last man who rises above injustice is Tom Robinson, who has been charged with a crime he didn’t commit but yet he stayed strong enough to be able to think beyond it and win his court case. In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, there are three characters who suffer the most injustice. These people are Atticus, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Atticus, a man with great wisdom, suffers from the fact that he had taken on a Negro case. He was constantly persecuted for his decision by all classes in Maycomb county, which made him have to work even harder and keep his head up if he was going to overcome the odds and win the trial.
To illustrate this courage, we could look at John Proctor. These two novels are great ways to describe and show how courageous people can be and what they can do with their courage. A major part of courage in To Kill a Mockingbird would have to be how Atticus Finch, an honest lawyer, is courageous enough to support Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of raping Mayella, after all what the white folks have said about Atticus being a “nigger lover”. Atticus supports Tom because he represents Tom at the court...
He himself though, may be one of the, if not the person who shows the most amount of courage in the story. He exemplifies courage in many situations, the most major ones being tom Robinson’s trial, the killing of Tim Johnson, and his desire to teach that courage to his children, all symbolizing him being the catalyst to eradicating racism in that town. Tom Robinson’s trial is the biggest example of such courage as he is protecting a man whom is wrongf... ... middle of paper ... ...n but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” [Lee, 1960, p. 149] He thus strives to teach his kids a courage where you stand up and protect those in adversity, to never give up and doing everything until the end. Generally, in most stories the protagonists holds the most of the good values, while the antagonists show little of it.
In the novel to kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee; there are multiple ways where courage is shown. Courage is defined by standing up for what you believe is right; Regardless of what other people say. A great example of courage is when Atticus decides that he is going to stand up for a innocent African American man; that was falsely accused of raping a white woman. Jem is another great example of a courageous character; especially when he was dared by dill to go and touch the Radley house. Scout is another courageous character; like when she was brave enough to run up to Atticus between all of the men at the jail house.
This connection between the novel’s title and its main theme is made explicit several times in the novel. One of the more obvious characters to be likened to a mockingbird is Tom Robinson. Tom is an innocent man who did nothing wrong, and he is screwed over by the legal system twice. He is convicted in court simply because he is black, and then he is shot in prison. He was harmless, because he was a cripple, and it was completely unnecessary.
In part two of To Kill a Mockingbird, word gets out that Atticus is defending Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is a negro man that has been charged with the assault and rape of Mayella Ewell. Along with the forthcoming of the trial there are plenty of comments in regards to Atticus’ position on the trial. Atticus is well aware that he will not win the trial, yet this does not lead him to giving up. “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (Lee, 101).
In this setting a poor black man is accused of the rape of a white woman. Tom Robinson is faced not only with a serious legal crime but also a death sentence at the hands of racists. Atticus, Scouts father, never gives up on the case. He also never lets gossip or peer pressure get to him as he is of a strong mind. He fights for what he believes and doesn... ... middle of paper ... ...rying weapons.
Tom Robinson was being accused of raping a white girl during the 1930s in Alabama. Because of the way blacks were treated then, obviously the chances of Tom Robinson walking out of the courthouse innocent were slim to none. When Atticus takes the case of Tom Robinson he says it is the "one case in his lifetime that affects him personally." (p. 76) If he didn't take this case, he felt he couldn't "represent this country in legislature" additionally he said, "I couldn't hold up my head in town I couldn't even tell you and Jem not to do something again. "(75) Taking this case took a great deal of courage and made Atticus a target of ridicule for Maycomb County.
The whole purpose of Beowulf going to The Land of the Danes is to show his strength and because previously his land is in debt to the Danes. However, in To Kill a Mockingbird the whole task is not to get Boo Radley outside, but to show Maycomb that Tom Robinson is an innocent man. Atticus Finch is the only lawyer in town who would take the case of Tom Robinson because Robinson happens to be of color. Tom Robinson is being accused of raping a young woman, but no one will believe he did not so it because he is black. However, Robinson did not rape her, but she was only shown to be beaten by her father.