To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee: Character Analysis

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Daniel Hong Mr. Shimazaki Period 1 12, December 2014 Courage “I want 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 you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway” (Chp 11, 112). In the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Lee displays courage through the actions of Atticus, Heck Tate, and Scout. Of those three characters, each of them portray “true courage” as courage is one of the most dominant theme in the book. Many people believe that courage is being brave or persevering through hard times. However, Lee shows the reader that there is more to courage than people think and that courage is also standing up for justice regardless of a loss or a win.…show more content…
Throughout the novel, Atticus, a faithful lawyer standing up to justice and strong moral values, attempts to defend a negro name Tom Robinson for rape. Though Atticus knew that his reputation was at stake and that he would have a low probability of winning, he still tried anyway without ever changing his mind. In the book, Atticus states, “Link, that boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going till the truth’s told” (Chp 15, 146). Atticus knew Tom had a big chance of losing the trial and he knew he was already “licked”. However, instead of giving up, Atticus wanted Maycomb to know the truth even if people did not agree with him. Despite Maycomb giving Atticus a hard time, he goes on and shows the reader the meaning “true
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