Bravery In The Hearts Of All

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The years between 1939-1945 are ones that mankind wishes would be forgotten; Adolf Hitler had stamped fear into the hearts of people all around the world. Over 60 million people lost their lives and is seen today as one of the lowest points in human history. Although during this time there were courageous people working to eradicate injustice and restore peace, through fighting in the war, helping on the home front, or even just by staying positive, courage was shown during the war in many ways. Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of Britain understood that for the world to prevail against the Nazis, bravery was required from every single person in any way possible because he understood ...view middle of the document...

”(Lee 273). It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but even more to stand up against our friends. Many people might not believe that Atticus was showing bravery during his closing argument and that he was merely doing his job. However, the truth is Atticus was explaining to the jury and everyone in the courtroom that they are not as different from Negroes as they and the society as a whole would like to believe they are. By making such brave statements, Atticus Finch shows what is called social courage. Atticus puts his own reputation on the line by expressing to a county whose majority consists of white individuals with deeply racist attitudes, that they are not that different from the black people that they treat with such little respect, and who they essentially dehumanize. Secondly, simply the fact that Atticus took on the case in the first place is a mark of courage in and of itself. A day after a boy had announced in the schoolyard that Scout’s father defended “Niggers”, Atticus had a talk with Scout about the case and told her that, “There’s been some high talk around the town to the effect that I shouldn’t do much about defending this man.” (Lee 101). Although everyone in Maycomb respected Atticus they definitely did not approve of him defending a “Nigger” that was accused of raping a white man's daughter and they let him know in any way they could. Even with everyone’s disapproval and negative reactions to the news of him taking this case, he still defended Tom Robinson to the best of his ability and did everything he could to prove that he was innocent, because that was the right thing to do. This is called moral courage. It is clear that Atticus showed bravery when he sat in front of Tom Robinsons jail cell and stood up against the mob, however in the cases that were stated above, it is harder to recognize and appreciate the courage that Atticus exhibited.
At first glance, Mrs. Dubose was just the Finch’s old, mean neighbor, that disapproved of the fact that Atticus Finch was defending a black man and made it known to everyone of her disapproval. However later on in chapter 11, it is revealed that Mrs. Dubose was very sick and the reason she had her fits were because she was not taking her painkillers. She wanted to leave this world free of any sort of addiction which took extreme courage. Atticus explained to Jem why she did not take her pain killers, “She said she was going to leave this world beholden to nothing and nobody. Jem when you’re sick as she was, it’s alright to take anything to make it easier, but it wasn’t all right for her. She said she meant to break herself of it before she died, and that’s what she did” (Lee 148). Mrs. Dubose is an elderly woman who is extremely sick, yet she still refuses to take morphine. Whereas many people in the world try to create reasons for themselves to take morphine, this old woman who...

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