“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know 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”
I haven’t ever really thought of courage in that sense. I had always just though of it as being brave and doing daring stuff or standing up to the big bad bully. I like this definition it makes it more realistic and it makes it easier to apply into your own life. This version makes it seem like any old Joe can have courage instead of only superheros being able to, which is how it should be. Anyone can, by Atticus’s definition, have courage. I think that Atticus might have been explaining to Jem why he is saying with the case for Tom Robinson without really telling him directly.