I think of my mom when I think of people with integrity. She always stands up for what she believes and what is right. If my friend who needed help with being courageous talked to my mom, she would tell her, “It’s really important to have integrity. If you know what is right, then you shouldn’t hesitate to do the right thing. It is hard to be courageous but you feel really good after you do something that was really hard. Take for example, a really hard workout. When you are doing the workout, in the moment, you feel like you are going to collapse. However, after you are done, you feel really good. You might feel sore, but you have the great feeling of accomplishment. You will feel so much better after you do the right thing. If you make a wrong choice just because it is easy, you will feel horrible later knowing that you did something wrong. It is never the right time to make a bad choice and it is never the wrong time to make a good choice.”
I think Atticus didn’t really describe the people coming to the jailhouse very well. It was super messed up that they came to lynch Tom Robinson. I don’t think they just have blind spots. I think they really have something wrong with them. I think Atticus might have just told Jem and Scout that they were good people so they wouldn’t think really bad things about them. I think it could still be possible to be a good man even though you want to do something bad. I think maybe some people in the group just had a spur of recklessness but they probably wouldn’t do that normally. However, I think there were still some people at the jailhouse that are just bad people so they would do something like that for their own gain. I think it really depends on the person that they are talking about. Some people might be a genuine bad person but others might have been forced to be there or wouldn’t ever do that normally.
I think Atticus is really noble to still try to win the case. It shows that he cares about what happens to Tom Robinson. I think it is still worth trying even though he knows he is going to lose. Even if they do lose, Atticus still tried to win and Tom Robinson would be really grateful that he tried. I think he should sacrifice everything he can to help him including his pride and dignity. I think he should still care about his family and make sure he doesn’t do anything too extreme that would hurt his family. I think Atticus is a really good person because of this. He doesn’t care that he’s going to lose. He just wants to help Tom Robinson. I think there are ups and downs to working the case and putting his family through that. It could be bad because a lot of people get mad at them and it could put all of them in danger. It is a good thing though because Atticus working the case teaches Jem and Scout to do good things and care about everyone.