Courage of Characters in Harper Lee´s To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, shows how life was for those in the southern part of the United States, during a time when racism ran rampant throughout the land. Many injustices were committed to those of “Negro” descent, and it was up to those behind the law to protect them as well as those who lived by the law. Atticus, attorney at law, defender of the people, and father to Scout and brother Jem is safeguarding Tom Robinson, accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. As the story continues though, Mayella’s accounts of the facts aren’t quite as how they actually happened. Together, Scout (Jean Louise Finch), Jem and Atticus show courage to stand up for what is right, defend the innocent until proven guilty, and how to remain…show more content…
Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem) is unlike his younger sister and is instead a rather timid, apprehensive person. His weakness is shown throughout the story, and his presence is somewhat diminished as a result of that, although he lends some strength to his sister. “Scout, I'm tellin' you for the last time, shut your trap or go home—I declare to the Lord you're gettin' more like a girl every day!" With that, I had no option but to join them”(Lee, 69). Clearly, the peer pressure from others influenced his words, yet this also shows how he is protective of his sister. Both siblings were brought up in a household where their voices were heard and arguments settled within a reasonable form. This happened as a result of being raised by their father, Atticus Finch. Every attorney builds a case based on the evidence given to him, whether big or small. Attorney Atticus Finch defended a man whose crime was and still to this day, is considered hideous in nature. All criminals, whether innocent or guilty, deserve a fair, unbiased trial, based solely on the facts at hand. Atticus taught his children various lessons on empathy through this case. “Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does. So if
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