How does this quote help show that "True courage is doing the right thing even when someone knows they can't win"?  “It tears him to pieces. He doesn’t show it much, but it tears him to...

How does this quote help show that "True courage is doing the right thing even when someone knows they can't win"?

 

“It tears him to pieces. He doesn’t show it much, but it tears him to pieces. I’ve seen him when—what else do they want from him, Maudie, what else?”…

“Be quiet, they’ll hear you,” said Miss Maudie. “Have you ever thought of it this way, Alexandra? Whether Maycomb knows it or not, we’re paying the highest tribute we can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.”

 

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If you follow a couple of simple steps with each quote, you should be able to complete this assignment completely and accurately.  I will use the above quote as an example.

First, put the quote in context by identifying the speaker and the situation.  The above quote comes from the end of Chapter 24.  Aunt Alexandra is speaking to Miss Maudie just before Atticus leaves to tell Helen Robinson about Tom's death.

Next, identify the significance of the example quote in light of the statement about courage.  Tom's death is the final blow in Atticus losing the case.  He did not even get the chance to appeal.  But Miss Maudie puts a very positive light on the situation when she reminds Aunt Alexandra that though Atticus lost the case (and Tom lost his life), Maycomb, in simply giving Atticus the case in the first place was honoring him as the very best lawyer and probably one of the very best men in the town.  Everyone knew it would be an impossible case to win.  This quote is the reminder that Atticus was not the only character who displayed courage in this situation.  Consider that, historically, the Civil Rights Movement is still about 30 years in the future.  This is the time of Jim Crow laws, the KKK, and guilt by association when it comes to race matters.  Everyone who believed and hoped Atticus would do the right thing, displayed courage here.

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