Courage of Atticus Finch In the story To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus is a very courageous character. In the novel Atticus tried every way to help others, who were in the need of it. First of all it is courageous of Atticus to take the Tom Robinson case. Even his own family disagreed of taking the case. The reason was because of the bias.
He risks in many was when taking the Tom Robinson case. He risks the chance of critization by the people that live in the Maycomb county. Mrs. Dubouse criticizes him when she said, “Atticus is a Niger lover!” (100). With many prejudice people living in Maycomb county Atticus also risks the chance of not being re-elected for legislature. Secondly it is courageous of Atticus when he shoots the mad, rabid dog. At this scene he also takes many risks.
Atticus risks the chance of missing, and the dog running up, and attacking them. He also risks the chance of shooting a non rabid dog. Atticus could miss the dog, and cause damage to a living, and or a non-living thing. Thirdly it is courageous of Atticus to be willing to charge Jem with Bob Ewell’s death. He risked the loss of Jem in the process. He also risked the chance of Jem getting mad at Atticus, and never talking to him. Also It was courageous of Atticus to teach his children not prejudge others until they really know what they are really going through.
There is a quotation that Atticus said “Never judge anyone, until you have been in their shoes, and walked around in them.” (86). When saying that to Jem, and Scout he risked the chance of them not listening to him. Lastly it is courageous of him standing up to the individuals at the jail house. Atticus risked the chance of the individuals getting him, and Tom, and killing, or hurting them physically. Through all these examples, of courage, and risk we can see how extremely courageous Atticus was during this novel.