Tom Robinson is depicted as a morally upright man who is convicted of assaulting and raping Mayella Ewell on the evening of November 21st. Although Tom does not say much in the story, he demonstrates bravery by telling the truth during his testimony in chapter 19. Tom Robinson bravely testifies that Mayella tempted him in her home and says that he was forced to flee the house when she grabbed him by the waist. Tom Robinson's confession is shocking, and he understands the gravity of his testimony.
During Mr. Gilmer's cross-examination, he asks Tom Robinson why he continually helped Mayella Ewell complete her chores without receiving monetary compensation. Tom Robinson demonstrates bravery by telling Mr. Gilmer the truth by saying,
"I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em—" (Lee, 105)
Tom Robinson's confession that he pitied Mayella Ewell upsets Mr. Gilmer, the prejudiced audience, and the racist jurors. Unfortunately, Tom's truthful comment leads to his unjust conviction.
In addition to demonstrating bravery during the serious trial, Tom also reveals courage by attempting to escape from the Enfield Prison Farm. In chapter 24, Atticus explains the terrible situation to Aunt Alexandra, Miss Maudie, and Calpurnia by saying,
"He [Tom Robinson] was running. It was during their exercise period. They said he just broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and started climbing over. Right in front of them—" (Lee, 125)
Tom's attempt to escape from the prison farm also demonstrates his bravery and determination. Although Tom had a chance to win an appeal, he no longer trusted the corrupt, prejudiced court system, which is what motivated him to climb the fence. Tragically, Tom is shot multiple times and dies. Overall, Tom Robinson demonstrates bravery by telling the difficult truth during the trial and attempting to escape from the Enfield Prison Farm.