Father of the Year
By Tony Palmer
"Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what" According to Atticus Finch, an honest lawyer in Harper Lee's book "To Kill a Mockingbird", courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. "Real courage" is when you fight for what is right, regardless of whether you win or lose. Atticus fits the definition of what "real courage" is and demonstrates it many times throughout this book.
"The only thing we've got is a black man's word against the Ewells'. The evidence boils down to you-did-I-didn't. The jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the Ewells,'" Atticus demonstrates courage when he undertakes the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of rape. He knows he won't win the case and like Mrs. Dubose in her battle against morphine, he is "licked" before he begins.
Nevertheless, Atticus knows that Tom is innocent and that he must fight for him. Atticus's strong sense of justice motivates him to defend Tom with strength and determination, giving it all he's got with one mission in mind. He wants the people of Maycomb, whether they believe it or not, to hear the truth about Tom, "That boy might go to the chair, but he's not going till the truth's told"
Atticus showed true bravery when he stood against Maycomb, a prejudicial town, in order to defend Tom. He understood that taking the case would cause many people to disrespect him; that no one would forgive him for believing in a black man's word rather than a white man's. Even his own sister expressed disapproval of his decision, telling him he would bring disgrace to the family. But, no matter how much his reputation suffered, he did not change his mind. Standing up for what he believed in was more important then what people thought about him.
Atticus went against his morals and...