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Courage Demonstrated By Atticus, Boo And Scout In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, is a moving story about courage set against the prejudice in a small, Alabama town. Atticus tells his children that courage is standing up for what you believe in, even if you know you will lose. Atticus, Boo, and Scout show courage through standing up for what they believe in, even if they might lose by doing so.
When Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson, he knows he will most likely lose the first trial. His friends and colleagues will talk behind his back for defending a black man under a capitol defense. He knows though that this is a trial in his life that he must defend in order for him to live the rest of his life with his head held up high.”For a number of reasons, Atticus said, The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this country in legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again,’ Atticus says to Scout one night while explain to her why he is defending a black man. This shows Atticus’ high ideals and morals he has must be upheld by him if he is to live with himself. Atticus also has to deal with Bob Ewell when he confronts him at the post office after the trial. “I wish Bob Ewell wouldn’t chew tobacco, was all Atticus said about it….Too proud to fight you black-loving-bastard? Bob Ewell shouted and Atticus replied, No, to old, and walked away.” Atticus is a brave man, brave enough not to fight and walk away. That is one essence of true courage. Atticus even shows courage when a drunken lynch mob shows up at the Maycomb town shows up to kidnap and lynches Tom Robinson. “It do, another deep voice said. Its owner was a shadow. Do...

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