The True Meaning of Courage

1202 WordsNov 9, 20105 Pages
Most people define courage as a dangerous physical act to defend from others, but Atticus Finch shows it from a whole new different perspective. Atticus represents many types of courage and bravery in To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus not only exemplifies a stern yet fair attitude towards Jem and Scout, but he also shows this mindset at the courtroom. He reveals bravery from the start of the novel, all the way to the finish. During the course of the novel, Atticus displays many examples of courage. In the beginning of the novel, Atticus shows courage right away. The first example occurs when Miss Caroline forbids Scout to read. Scout explains to Atticus why she wants to quit school and how he could just teach her himself. With…show more content…
He wants the people of Maycomb to see an innocent black man found guilty in front of their own eyes. Atticus always had the backbone to do the right thing no matter what. “This morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, Spat in his face, and told him he’d get him if it took the rest of his life. ‘I wish Bob Ewell wouldn’t chew tobacco,’ was all Atticus said about it.” 217. This shows that Atticus had the audacity to not fight Bob Ewell, and do what’s right by walking away. He didn’t do one small move except to wipe the spit off his cheek. Not only does he show courage from the trial, but to Jem and Scout as well. ““She wants to talk about the family and what it meant to Maycomb County through the years. So you’ll have some idea of who you are, so you might be moved to behave accordingly,” he concluded at a gallop. Stunned, Jem and I looked at each other.”144. Trying to do the right thing, Atticus had the bravery to talk to his kids like Aunt Alexandra, stricter. He made an effort even though he knew they would be upset. Atticus shows true courage when he went along with Heck Tate’s lie about what happened the night Bob Ewell was found stabbed to death. ““Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open. Let the county come and bring sandwiches. I don’t want anybody saying, ‘Jem Finch…his daddy paid a mint to get his out of that.’ Sooner we get this over with, the
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