To Kill a Mockingbird Analytical Paper
Both the character Atticus Finch and Mamie Till-Mobley have many alike features in the terms of their characteristics, mostly courage. Atticus Finch says that courage is like “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 and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” (Lee 112) Courage is present in both fictional characters (Finch) and real life people (Till-Mobley) when forced to solve difficult problems that involve racial injustice.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch demonstrates courage by his compassionate actions towards other individuals and his belief in not judging others “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee 30) To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on the trial of a black man, Tom Robinson, accused of raping a white girl. Atticus Finch battles to save Tom Robinson. When he is asked by his daughter scout if they are going to win it (76), Atticus responds “No, honey.” (Lee 76) Finch knows that he won’t win it based on the racism during this time, however he still tries, saying he is doing it “for a number of reasons…The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (Lee 75) Atticus clearly demonstrates he will treat everyone equally and with respect unless he has a given reason not to.
In Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America by Mamie Till- Mobley, Mamie demonstrates courage by her outstanding efforts in her attempt to share her sons story, in hopes of it prompting change in America. Death of Innocence focuses on Mamie Till-Mobley’s firsthand account of racial injustice during the murder trial of her black son with a white defendant. Till-Mobley chose to keep Emmett’s casket open, saying “that...