Courage, At Its Finest
Courage means different things to different people. It may mean strength, having fear but still going for it or even bravery. Courage is a trait that all humans possess but rarely use. Courage is inside of all humans but it is hard to use because there is no command to make it do so. Courage happens when the time is right. No one knows what courage truly looks like until the moment arises and it looks may different ever time. Courage could be called a strength from within. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents this idea of courage or doing something that you are not used to or that is out of your comfort zone through the characters Atticus Finch, Ms. Dubose and Boo Radley.
Courage is standing up for what you believe is right even if others don’t believe the same thing. It is looking past any preferences and doing what everyone was born to do, improving mankind even against the odds. Atticus Finch tries to better man kid and equal out the racial playing field even if he and his client are against all odds. The fact that he has to defend a Negro, which in his time is unheard of doesn’t scare him for he knows it is the right thing to do. For example, he expresses to Scout, "‘I'm simply defending a Negro. His name's Tom Robinson… Scout, you aren't old enough to understand some things yet, but there's been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn't do much about defending this man," (Lee 75). Atticus believes that defending Tom is a duty of his especially because no one else wants to defend him. The action of Atticus defending a Negro evokes members of the community to look down upon him but Atticus would not let them get in his way which had to take courage to do. Atticus sees courage in a way most people do not. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know 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,” (112). In Tom’s trial, Atticus knows that there is no way to win because in this trial there is a black man’s word against a white woman’s word. Atticus is licked before he begins but he still defends Tom with all of his heart. Defending someone takes courage, especially when the outcome looks grim. Atticus defending Tom and not letting people talk him out of that action even though he receives threats shows courage.
Courage is having the mental strength to do something never thought possible. Courage is being afraid but still doing it. Ms. Dubose, in Atticus’s eyes is the most courageous person he knows. Her life is hard. In To Kill a Mockingbird, it reveals that she is addicted to Morphine. “‘Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict,” said Atticus. “She took it as a pain-killer for years. The doctor put her on it. She’d have spent the rest of her life on it and died without so much agony, but she was too contrary,’” (111). Most...