How Does Atticus Show Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, courage is defined as “ the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous”. Throughout the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus, Scout, and Jem Finch show courage. The first way Atticus shows courage throughout the book is by taking Tom’s case. John Taylor looked at Atticus and said “You're it” (Lee 117).” Back then it was almost a sin to support a black man. Atticus was ridiculed for taking Tom’s case, but was respected by most people after. Atticus proved that Tom was innocent but because he was black he didn’t win. Atticus was sent gifts for his outstanding job by African Americans. The second way he shows courage is by shooting the dog. Everyone was scared of the rabid dog and Atticus was courageous enough to shoot him. The sheriff told Atticus to shoot the dog because he couldn’t. The last way Atticus shows courage is by standing against the mob. When Tom Robinson was waiting for the trial in jail Atticus waited there making sure he stayed safe. When the mob showed up Atticus protected Tom by not letting the mob in.
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The first way that Scout shows courage is by fighting Walter Cunningham. She was fighting a boy which is strange back in the day because she is a girl. The second way that she shows courage is by punching Francis. Francis is her cousin and it is inappropriate to hit your cousin or anyone in general; but hitting family is extremely inappropriate. The final way that Scout showed courage was by fighting Bob Ewell. Jem and Scout both could’ve lost there life if they didn’t fight back against Bob Ewell. Scout said “They were after you, weren’t they” (Lee 196). Scout said this to Atticus after the innocent with Bob