Courage in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless novel that has been both accepted and refused by many readers. To Kill a Mockingbird took place is a town called Maycomb. It is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, otherwise known as Scout, who learns how to deal with many things in her life. While learning to deal with racism, injustice, and criticism, she also finds courage being showed by many of her role models. The theme courage is best depicted through Boo Radley, Scout and Atticus.
Boo Radley portrayed courage very effectively throughout the novel. In one situation Boo appeared to save Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell, who was attacking them when they were coming back from the Halloween festival. Boo showed courage…show more content…
This shows bravery because Boo knows if he gets caught he will have to go through even more severe consequences. Boo has showed many courageous acts but Scout is not far along from the path of courageousness.
In a smaller perspective, Scout had shown courage in many places in the novel. For instance, she showed courage when Atticus had asked Scout not to fight anyone. She was being asked to change how she reacted negatively to people’s comments. This showed a lot of bravery because Scout used to fight a lot, but since she promised Atticus that she wouldn’t fight anymore she stuck to her word because she didn’t want to disappoint Atticus. Another example is when she continues to learn how to read and write with Atticus even if she gets scolded by her teacher. She shows courage because she is going against what her teacher had told her. Finally, she acts like an ambassador on the first day of school. She has the guts to act like someone really important. Being a follower of her fathers’ character traits, she hasn’t learned the true meaning of courage that her father, Atticus displays.
This one man, who had been extremely courageous from the start of the novel to the end, was Atticus Finch. Firstly he defended the Tom Robinson case like no other. This takes lots of courage because Tom was a black man accused of raping a white woman. It was a white
Show MoreTo Kill A Mocking Bird is a book written by Harper Lee, it shows how two children, Jem and Scout, grow up in the town of Maycomb, in the town of Maycomb the people there hated blacks and treated them differently, but their father Atticus disagrees with that and defends Tom Robinson a black man who was accused of raping a white girl. The judges were then racist against Tom Robinson and in the end he died. In the book, Harper Lee illustrated courage in many different ways, but the few people that stand out to me are Atticus, Mrs Dubose and Boo Radley. What is Courage? There are many ways of interpreting Courage, some thinks it is to do something risky, others might think of it as bravery. But to me, Courage is not about succeeding a…show more content…
He also wasn’t discouraged by the odds of him winning, or by the community around him, or the fact that he was fighting against his friends, he still carried on as he felt it was the right thing to do, to bring justice to Tom Robinson. Although Atticus didn’t succeed he stilled tried, which is what matters most. Atticus respects Mrs Dubose as she recognized a flaw in her habits and tried to make it go away, she was addicted to morphine which is a painkiller her doctors gave her. Atticus then sent Jem to read to Mrs Dubose as Jem had destroyed her camellias. Atticus told him to do that not because he wanted to punish Jem but because he wanted Jem to learn from her. Atticus said to Jem, “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.” This shows that Mrs Dubose showed real courage in trying to get rid of her addiction and also what courage is, this shows that courage is not a guy with power but a person like Mrs Dubose who takes up courage to correct her life even though she knows she’s going to die soon. Boo Radley’s most courageous act was when he saved the two children Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell. His courage overrode the towns prejudice against him and that he might die while saving