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Atticus is one of the best characters that exemplify the real courage in To Kill a Mockingbird novel


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Mar 26, 2016   #1
Can someone help me to see if the content of my essay is okay or if there are any grammar mistakes or the ideas of the sentences doesn't connect with my essay..... thank u.. I really appreciated!!

Courage is something people possess, but hardly ever use. It is a quality of dealing with danger, fear and pain. Most of the times people with this quality risk or sacrifice themselves, in order to accomplish their goals. In addition, courage is an attribute of good character, which is also what makes a person worthy of respect. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, courage is an important theme that can be shown by different characters, such as Mrs. Dubose, Jem, Scout, and Boo Radley. The character that best exemplifies courage in the novel is Atticus because he fights racism, defends the innocent, and risks his reputation, which shows that he wants to make a positive change no matter the cost.

Atticus' courage is shown when he fights racism to bring equality for the African-American people. He fights against most of the people from Maycomb, including Bob Ewell. Most of the white people think that African-American have a lower status than them, and do not have the right to live in the same society. There is a case in the novel, in which Atticus defends an African-American called Tom Robinson who is accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. Racist people from Maycomb do not agree with Atticus in protecting him, because they think Tom is guilty and dangerous. On the other hand, Atticus does not listen to the town when he explains to Scout the reasons why he defends Tom Robinson: "For a number of reasons [...] The main one is, if I did not I could not hold up my head in town. I couldn't represent this county in the legisture, I wouldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again [...] I would never ask you to mind me again" (Lee, 83). Atticus is saying that he feels he must defend Tom Robinson from the accusation, because he has spent his life trying to do what is right. He also wants to be an example of being fair to everyone in all aspects, for his children and society. Atticus hopes that Tom's case can be remembered, and change people from Maycomb's points of view towards African-American people; he is willing to sacrifice himself. Furthermore, Atticus not only demonstrates courage by fighting racism, but also by defending the innocent.

Defending the innocent is one act of Atticus' courage. He brings justice and peace to people who deserve it. In the novel, he is protecting and helping Tom Robinson from the accusation of Bob and Mayella Ewell. This is because Calpurnia speaks highly of him saying that he is a clean-living folk; Atticus tries his best to prove Tom Robinson's innocence, when he says, "This case, Tom Robinson's case, is something that goes to the essence of a man's conscience - Scout I couldn't go to church and worship God if I didn't try to help that man" (Lee, 116). Atticus teaches an important lesson to Scout that is to answer her own conscience. Atticus's conscience is telling him to go against the ignorant society, who wishes to condemn Tom Robinson when he is really innocent. Atticus, as a man of integrity will defend him; however, no matter what evidence Atticus finds to prove Tom Robinson innocent, most of the white people in the trial will still think he is guilty and should go to jail. Atticus' actions throughout the novel shows that he wants to prove everyone is equal and people cannot judge others only by their appearance. In addition, Atticus risking his reputation is another way, which he shows courage through the novel.

Atticus is willing to risk his reputation to change people's minds toward African-American. He is also risking his children to be bullied and insulted by the community. In school, Scout beats up her classmate Cecil Jacobs because he insults her father, saying that he is a "Negro lover". Atticus realizes what she has done and educates her important lesson: "You might have some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let'em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change [...] it's a good one, even if it does resist learning" (Lee, 84). Atticus taking the case of Tom Robinson makes his life harder, including his family, because most people from the town start to humiliate them like Cecil Jacobs. Atticus does not want Scout to use her violence to solve problems. He wants Scout to use her head to think and solve the conflict rather than using her fists. Atticus is willing to risk all he has, even his reputation to bring a new world, in where people does not judge each other by their appearance.

Atticus is one of the best characters that exemplify courage in the novel. He demonstrates bravery by fighting racism, defending the innocent and risking his reputation. He wants to make a positive change no matter what it takes, like sacrificing himself. Also he wants to be a good influence to his community and family. Courage is having the will to fight against difficult situations; even though people discover they might not succeed, and still try to have a result.

EF_Susan - / 2,365 12  
Mar 27, 2016   #2
Here are a few ways I think it would be better:

Most of the time,s people with this quality risk or sacrifice themselves , .... I think this would sound better if you wrote something like ...sacrifice 'something of' themselves... because usually when someone shows courage, they don't actually die, which what you wrote sort of implies.

On the other hand, Atticus does not listen to the town when he explains to Scout the reasons...

Atticus' actions throughout the novel shows that he wants...

In addition, Atticus risking his reputation is another way in which he shows courage throughout the novel.
Atticus does not want Scout to use her violence to solve problems. He wants Scouther to use her head to think and solve the conflict rather than using her fists. Atticus is willing to risk all he has, even his reputation to create a new world, in wherewhich people does not judge each other by their appearance.


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