Atticus Finch Courage

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The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells the story of how two children, Jem and Scout Finch, grow up and start to understand the world in more adult ways. In the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, racism and prejudice spreads around. Atticus Finch, a lawyer, defends an African American man who is accused of raping a white woman. This is a journey of learning new morals and compassion through experience and practice. The kids learn important life lessons from their father, Atticus. He educates them on the true meaning of sympathy, understanding toward others, courage, and standing up for what is right through lessons and his examples.
The novel is filled with instances where Atticus discusses how important it is to be understanding
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When Atticus talks about Mrs. Dubose with Jem at the end of Chapter 11, he says, “ … 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” (149). Atticus teaches Jem and Scout a lesson about courage. He wants his kids to realize that bravery isn’t about strength or skill with a gun, it’s standing up to others and fighting for what is right. Not only does Atticus consistently lecture Scout and Jem with wise sayings, he shows them by his actions. Atticus takes Tom Robinson’s case. He defends Tom vigorously, throwing himself into the deep pits of hatred and racism in this town. Atticus exposes himself and his family to difficult times, but still keeps his moral courage as strong. Defending a black man is risky, but to Atticus, justice is more important than any personal harm. Another lesson Atticus teaches is, “... You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let ‘em get you goat. Try fighting with your head for a change… it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.” (101 ) Scout wants to physically fight Cecil. Atticus counsels Scout to not use her fists every time she becomes angry because using logic instead to defeat
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