Views Of Mental Courage Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee brings readers on an adventure to discover realistic views on society and the communication between people. Characters are portrayed in different ways as they go through changes and are challenged with situations that are difficult to get through. Several acts of mental courage are explored in To Kill a Mockingbird, such as Atticus’s attitude and actions, Mrs. Dubose’s beliefs and Jem’s understanding of courage. Each character’s courage gives them strength and developing understanding of themselves as the novel progresses.

Atticus Finch is a good example of a character with strong mental courage. Atticus is someone who always follows his own beliefs and thoughts. His actions are always reflected of his choices, never because of society’s view on a situation. He trusts his own decision and he believes in doing what is right, even if he is against all the negative pressures of society, which demonstrates he is righteous and courageous. An example of this is the trial with Tom Robinson. Atticus risks his reputation and social standing to defend Tom because he truly believes that he was not guilty. Although he is under the pressure of many citizens in Maycomb who believes that Tom is guilty, he ignores all of it, defending Tom without a care about others’ judgment. Atticus knows that because of the unfairness in the society of Maycomb that he did not have a chance in the trial, but he vowed to see it through because he had promised to help Tom, and it was his choice because he believes in it. "[Courage is] 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."(Lee, 112). Atticus also establishes mental courage by raising his family the way he does. Since he is a widow and only has Calpurnia to help him, he is often ridiculed by other people, but his courage always lets him go further. Atticus teaches his...

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