Mohamed AbusaymaMrs. AstraELA 10-19 December 2018Emotional Courage At Its Finest Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird portrays Atticus Finch going through an unknown experience and is compelled to use emotional courage to conquer his situation. “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”When an individual is put in unknown experiences they often sense intense emotions, as a result, they depend on their beliefs, principles and emotional courage to get them through their foreign experience. In Harper Lee’s story Atticus Finch is introduced to a new situation that he has never experienced before, he must defend an innocent black man in a very bias as well as racist century. “Lemme tell you somethin’ now, Billy,” a third said, “you know the court appointed him to defend this nigger.” “Yeah, but Atticus aims to defend him.” This shows that when Atticus finch was put in a situation he was unfamiliar with, he felt intense emotions but Atticus didn’t shy away, furthermore he looked past this man’s skin colour and saw that Tom Robinson had rights like everyone else. During the story, an example of intense emotions in when this quote was said during To Kill A Mockingbird, “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.”, Atticus Finch loves everybody and is a strong believer in equality yet he is surrounded by a town which is filled with people that hate African Americans just because of their skin colour. Atticus feels these emotions even when he talks to his own daughter, “You aren’t really a nigger-lover, then, are you?” “I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody… I’m hard put, sometimes—baby, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.” This shows that even at school the young kids and children render these racial slurs, Atticus feels these intense emotions because he is the only one who feels that everyone should have rights and should not be judged by their skin color. During Harper Lee’s story, Atticus Finch is put in an unknown situation where he uses his beliefs and Principals to judge the circumstance correctly and guide him through his experience. Atticus believed that all humans have the same rights no matter their skin color or race, he tried to love everybody. Although the outcome wasn’t what he was hoping, Atticus stuck to what he believed in and spread his opinion in the town, “Tom had been given due process of law to the day of his death; he had been tried openly and convicted by twelve good men and true; my father had fought for him all the way.” Atticus used emotional courage to show a whole town that he didn’t believe in the racist and bias rules as well as expectations that they believed in.As a result , true emotional courage is the ability to confront something with confidence and effort even if they’ve never experienced it before. In our everyday life you can look around and see people using emotional courage to get them over obstacles of life, for example the police, firefighters, citizens that rush to buildings and to car accidents to save innocent human beings, on their way home from a normal day at work. Atticus Finch displayed real emotional courage throughout Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird by using his beliefs and principles as his emotional courage. His emotional courage drove him to put aside the criticism and risk, and take up and fight Tom Robinson’s controversial case. It is evident that this character in To Kill a Mockingbird displayed an act of emotional courage even though Atticus Finch knew he was fighting a losing battle.