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Courage In To Kill A Mockinbird By Harper Lee

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Dictionary- reference defines courage as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery” In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee expresses courage in many ways through the novel. In the novel, nearly every character display courage in their life. Courage is the inner desire to succeed and to do what is right, no matter what consequences of your decision. Throughout the novel, Atticus define courage as "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 ...view middle of the document...

Early in the novel, when Scout heard people Cecil Jacobs and Francis say that Atticus is a “Nigger-Lover”, she quickly defends his father. Also, when Jem learn about Mrs. Dubose criticizing his father, he cut down her camellias. "Your father's no better than the niggers and trash he works for."When she bad- mouthed Atticus like that, Jem decided that the best way to settle things was to ruin Mrs. Dubose's camellias. (pg 113) Jem definition and idea of bravery change over time. Early in the book, Jem’s bravery is simply going to the Radley place and trying to force Boo Radley to come out of his house. They think courage is associated with doing a physical act that is dangerous and that is not true. Their most courageous act is facing the mob in front of the Jailhouse and help save their father from the mob.“ “Go Home, Jem,” He said. “ Take Scout and Dill Home.” We were accustomed to prompt, if not always cheerful acquiescence to Atticus’s instruction, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging” ,“Jem refuses to obey his father for the first time in his life.” Jem refuse to go home and let his father face the mob alone. Scout is probably the bravest of children about of that situation. Scout's child innocence probably saved them all.

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