Who are some characters that show courage when they know they've already lost the fight but see it through no matter what in To Kill a Mockingbird?
How they show courage in trying to do something even though they know they are going to lose, like how atticus defended Tom even though he knew he would lose.
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Atticus. Atticus realizes that defending Tom is a hopeless cause since he knows that "The jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the Ewells'." He stands alone at the jail when the lynch mob arrives knowing that one man cannot stop a mob. Defending Tom will bring trouble to him and his family, but Atticus takes on the case anyway.
Tom Robinson. "Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed," but Tom goes through the white man's process of justice until he grew "tired of white men's chances and preferred to take his own." Tom must have realized that helping Mayella could not help him in any way, but he chose to assist her because he "felt sorry" for her.
Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose chooses to rid herself of her morphine habit only after finding out that she is dying. She has nothing to gain other than the satisfaction of ending her life free of the addiction. To Atticus, this was "real courage... It's when you know your licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
Boo Radley. Boo Radley must realize that saving the children from Bob Ewell will not change his status as a recluse and subject of relentless gossip. He saves them because he loves his young neighbors--not because he will benefit from his actions. After Sheriff Tate decides to call Bob's death self-inflicted, Boo retreats back inside the Radley house, never to be seen again.
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