On page 246, Miss Maudie said, “We’re making a step. It’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.” And by that she means, they are making progress. They are going places with what they have been trying to do (free Tom). Every little thing is a step along the way, and everything may be little things, but they will all work out and add up. Miss Maudie is not giving up hope. I think that because she said this, it will help regain the hope of the people who have maybe lost hope. I picked this because it’s sometimes how I would think, or how I am told to think and I thinks that’s a good thing.
Courage and Integrity are a great thing to have. This means that you are not afraid to stand alone when everyone else is choosing to do or follow something different. It means standing up for things you believe in when everyone else is saying you are wrong. The Grinch can be an example of integrity because he chose to be mean and mad about everything, when everyone around him was being happy. Odd example, another example is David. Now if you have read The Bible you would know the story of David and Goliath. David was the only one brave enough to battle against the giant Goliath with no armor or help. That is an example of integrity.
I think it is possible to want to kill somebody, and still be considered a good person. But I don’t think that it is right. I understand that race was a very big deal back then, but even then it did not matter and it still does not. We all breath the same air, and have the same bones, and we are not able to control our skin color. So in my opinion, yes, I think that Walter was being a bad person and his inability to see that we are all equal is what makes me think that, he has no place to put himself above others, and no one has a place to put themselves above him. Although, Atticus was saying that Walter is still a good man, he just has blind spots. In this situation, his blind spot is him not realizing that it doesn’t matter what color Tom is and that he is telling the truth. The fact that he dislikes his race is preventing him from realizing the truth.
I think Atticus’s definition was very creative but it also got to the point. I think Atticus meant that even if you know you will fail of if your not sure how you’ll do, or if you’re not ready, get out there and try. Have courage, even if you don’t succeed. Go out by yourself without relying on something or someone else. Like when Atticus said “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 see it through no matter what”