To kill a Mockingbird

One of our assignments on pleasure reading was to share our opinion on one of the quotes from the book. It should be the quote that most speaks to us, the one that you actually feel like thinking about. And, as our little group have chosen a novel “To kill a Mockingbird”, written by Harper Lee, I found it quite hard at first to choose only one quote from the whole list of really deep and meaningful ones. I mean, we basically hear a story of the main characters’ childhood, that is full of colorful moments and not really well thought through actions. But is it really only about that? I read this book in Russian when I was in the ninth grade, and I can say that I paid not so much attention, due to my age, to the fact that the book was basically all about learning how to show mercy to somebody, how to get rid of your arrogance, how to become tolerant, learning on your own mistakes. And most of the deep and inspiring things were said by the father of the children, Atticus. And the quote I’m going to write my thoughts about was, actually, the one that he said.

“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 see it through no matter what.”

This one is about the real meaning of courage and the fact that people usually confuse it with showing off. I mean, all the materialistic things such as our money, clothes, as well as our physical actions and fighting have nothing to do with it. I guess Atticus was talking about the mental courage. It’s when you know that you can easily fail but you never give up on your dreams and what you believe in anyway. It’s when you have enough strength to continue doing what is best for you, even though you don’t have an easy time of it. I’ve also noticed some tendency: a lot of men post some photos of themselves holding a gun in their hands, the fact that they really think that such things make them braver in other people’s eyes is really disappointing.