Great Mental Strength Needed in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In the 1930’s courage and mental strength were two traits that people needed to have to fight and stand up to the racism of the time. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch, the father of Scout and Jem Finch has great mental strength whenever it is needed the most. During Tom Robinson’s court case, Atticus shows his mental strength by calmly dealing with the events that unfold. When Atticus is at home, his strength is enough that he can deal with the crisis that occurs. When Jem’s arm is broken, and Boo Radley has come out of his house to help defend the kids from their attacker. First during Tom Robinson’s court case Atticus is able to stay calm and collected even when he is under fire from the prosecutor and witnesses. One example of this is when Bob Ewell is on the witness stand Atticus asks him about his literacy, but Mr. Gilmer objects to it, and Atticus says “Judge if You’ll allow this the question plus another one you’ll soon see” (236). Atticus is able to stay calm and not get upset when Mr. Gilmer objects to one of his questions, and simply asks Judge Taylor to allow it. Another example of this is when Mayella takes the witness stand, and Atticus starts to question her Mayella says that she doesn't want to be mocked when Atticus is simply calling her ma’am, and Miss Mayella, and she starts to cry, after this “Atticus resumed his stroll to the windows and let judge taylor Handle this one” (243). Even when Atticus is being nice to Mayella,

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