How Is Courage Important In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Courage is needed when there is a deep fear of an outcome. Atticus Finch has agnostophobia which is the fear of the unknown. Things that are unknown can be scary because there could be wide range of possible explanations, such as something that are very unpleasant to them. They can be afraid of going to unknown places or even meeting someone who never met or heard of before. Some are worry about the time moving forward as there's many unknown and unexpected events to occur. (Culbertson, 1995) Atticus Finch states the following about courage. Courage is following through even though one knows that he is defeated. "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 …show more content…

He is being courageous by spear heading through this fear he has. By facing this fear he has he represented Tom Robinson to his best ability. He does an exceptional job in proving Tom Robinson’s innocence. (Jones, 2010:145-164) Even though this is still not enough to convince an all-white jury that Tom Robinson is not guilty. This also why Finch stress the importance of courage throughout this novel. Courage according to him is only needed when one fears something. His own actions in arguing the Robinson case demonstrates what a courageous person is, and this also exemplifies his behaviour throughout the trial, which embodies the values of dignity, integrity, determination and …show more content…

According to Scout and Jem, their father is one of the most uninteresting people in their town; "Our father," Scout tells us, "didn't do anything"(Lee, 1960). Once at Christmas Finch gave his children air rifles but he refuses to teach these two anything about how to shoot the rifles. That winter, however, something happened which also foreshadow the case against Tom Robinson and the resurfacing of Boo Radley, it snowed for the first time in years. Miss Maudie’s, the Finch’s neighbour, burned down, and a “mad dog” called Tom Robinson appeared in the streets of Maycomb in February. The sheriff, Heck Tate, refuses to shoot the dog. To Scout and Jem’s amazement, the sheriff gave the job to Atticus. When Tom Johnson finally made up his mind, in front of the Radley house. He set course to his original idea. Only to take two steps forward, to stop and to raise his head. We saw the dog’s body go rigid. With moves that went so fast that it seemed as though all the moves happened at the same time. Atticus’s hand yanked a ball-tipped lever, when he slowly brought the gun to his shoulder. The rifle cracked and Tom Robinson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk in heap that was a brown-and- white colour. The poor animal did not know what hit

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