“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 see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” ( Lee 112). Courage is being able to do something that frightens you; making sure its the right thing to do. It is telling the truth regarding the consequences. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Courage is presented in many of the characters; three of them being Atticus Finch, Jean Louise Finch also known as Scout, and Tom Robinson.
Taking the courage of accepting the trial, despite the fact that Atticus does not like criminal law; he defends an African American named Tom Robinson for being accused of raping and beating a white women. “Because I could never ask you to mind me again. Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets ...view middle of the document...
He shows courage despite the fact that his family will face many challenges, like people talking bad about him for defending a black man.
Scout solution to every problem was always fighting. She was not much of a lover but she definitely was a fighter. The first time she ever got involved in a fight was with Walter Cunningham, after getting in trouble by her teacher because of him. The second time was when she had gone after Dill for not paying enough attention to her, and the third time was when one of the men from the mob had grabbed Jem. For her this was the technique that had seemed to be working for her and thats why she continued and showed what a quick temper she had. “ I drew a bead on him, remember what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists and walked away, “Scouts a coward!” ringing in my ears. “It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight”. (Lee pg. 76-77). This quote shows how Scout had the courage to handle her problems without pickingn a fight, and it also is showing how she is growing up and slowly maturing.
Testifying against the court , despite the fact that he knew he would not win because the jury will not take a black man’s word against a white woman's, Tom Robinson showed courage by being brave enough to tell the judge the truth and get a fair trial no matter what could happen. “ And so quite, respectable, humble Negro who had the unmitigated temerity to ‘feel sorry’ for a white woman has had to put his word against two white people’s”. (Lee pg.204). Costing him his life he was not afraid of the outcome of what he testified. Seeing her chances of winning the trial he managed to be courageous and speak for himself and stood everyone; encouraging himself for what he believed was right.
Presented in many of the characters, courage showed how it quickly made a character grow up and mature, also it made a character more brave and stand up for what they believed in no matter what the outcome was. Courage makes a person say things they are afraid of and it makes people tell the truth of what they believe in regarding the consequences.