TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird is an autobiographical novel which was written by Mary McNough. It gives an inspiring story about an enduring Atticus who used his extraordinary courage to do what ordinary men can not do. This paper compares two different characters who demonstrated bold and cowardice traits according to Atticus’s point of view.
To begin with, Scout is portrayed as a very courageous character. Although she is just a six-year-old girl, she managed to use her braveness to surprise many leaders. First, she confidently fights her fellow students who wanted to spoil her father’s name. She goes ahead to boldly defy her father’s directives not to attack them. Instead, she decides to tell them that her father should not be condemned for defending Tom Robinson who had been innocently accused of raping Mayella. Besides, together with Jem and Dill, Scout shows her boldness by openly rebuking the mob who wanted to lynch her father. Their violent pressure does not only compel the mob to leave her father alone, but to flee.
On the other hand, Simon Finch comes out as a coward character. Unlike Scout, he acts contrarily. His decision to flee from England to America was an act of cowardice. If he were bold, he would have persevered to continue living there even if there was religious intolerance. It means that he feared war to the extent that he could not confront the same challenge. Instead of escaping to a safer place, he would have joined others in the liberation struggles for his community. Because of his cowardice, he opted to relocate to Alabama, where he accumulated a lot of wealth and had a very comfortable life.
Conclusively, the conducts of the two characters portray them as totally distinct persons. They confirm Atticus’s definition of courage when he asserted, ‘Courage is when you are liked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what!’