How Does Atticus Show Courage

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Nelle Harper Lee. It was published in 1960, winning the Pulitzer Prize. To Kill a Mockingbird has become a classic of modern American literature. In this novel, Jem and his younger sister Scout have a simple, quiet life with their father, Atticus. He is a local attorney and loved by the community and his family as a man with great morals. Scout and her brother, Jem learn a great deal about the courage it takes to grow up in a small, sleepy town like Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus defines courage as "when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." (pg 49) Courage, in To Kill a Mockingbird, is not about winning or losing. It's about doing what's right whether you win or lose. Scout is a rowdy tomboy who transforms during the story. She is headstrong know it all when she starts school. She upsets Miss Caroline on the first day because she was spreading the…show more content…
His family and people in the community harassed him and called him names. This made Jem and Scout angry. They defended their father many times throughout the story. When Atticus looses the trial and Tom is found guilty. Bob Ewell is angry with the way Atticus made him look on the stand. He spits in Atticus’s face and threatens him. Bob "told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life" (pg. 229) By October, things in Maycomb had settled down. The school was having a Halloween pageant at the school. Scout was dressed as a smoked ham. The children had a great time and head home after the show. The two make their way home and Jem hears footsteps behind them. As they walk they hear footsteps. When they stop, the footsteps stop. They continue toward the street ahead. Suddenly, a man attacks Jem as he yells for Scout to run. Scout stumbles on the tree roots below and trips on her ham costume. Scout hears a commotion behind her and realizes
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