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Courage In 'to Kill A Mockingbird'

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Courage, Oxford Australian school dictionary defines it as ‘the ability to face danger or difficulty or pain even when one is afraid’. Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ portrays courage in many different methods through each character. The novel demonstrates how courage can be expressed through a variety of ways and no matter how subtle an act of courage may be it can make a difference in many ways. Many characters in ‘To kill a mockingbird’ perform various acts of courage. Scout choosing to abide by her father’s instructions to not engage in playground brawls was a courageous change for her. Others whom achieved a courageous feat whether physically or morally included Mrs. Dubose’s fight with morphine addiction and the courage of Calpurnia to take Scout and Jem to a black person’s church and to stand up for what she knows is right.Scout is one who has been involved in many counts of fights with other children but when Atticus asks for her to change, Scout obeys the instructions almost instantly for the sake of keeping a promise to her father. Scout, much like her brother Jem wishes to keep her father pleased with her at all times. When Atticus discovers Scout has been involved in another brawl, he requests her to hold her head up high and keep the fists down. “With this in mind, I faced Cecil Jacobs in the schoolyard next day: "You gonna take that back, boy?","You gotta make me first!" he yelled. "My folks said your daddy was a disgrace an' that nigger oughta hang from the water-tank!", I drew a bead on him, remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists and walked away, "Scout's a cow-ward!" ringing in my ears. It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight (p85).”This was a very courageous act from Scout as she has been involved in fights on a continuous basis but in order to please Atticus she chooses to refrain from any physical brawl with anyone. By choosing to hold her anger Scout is performing a great act of moral courage.Moral courage exists greatly in Mrs. Dubose’s fight with a lifelong addiction to morphine. Mrs. Dubose is very sick and she wishes to give up her addiction on the...

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