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Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

1155 words - 5 pages

“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 goes very well with my essay and also this story overall. The author sticks with the theme of courage throughout the entire book, and shows a little bit of it in almost every person in the book. In the story To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee defines courage within Atticus, Jem, and Scout, and believes that courage is more than just being a good person to your peers.
The first person I am going to talk about is Atticus Finch, and how he showed courage throughout the story. The first example is when Atticus fights for Tom Robinson at the court trial. When Scout asks him, “Atticus, are we going to win it?” and Atticus answers, “No, honey” (76), he is showing courage because as much as he knows he is going to lose the trial, Atticus still fights for Tom because he is a good friend of his, and he also wanted to fight for someone that Atticus knew was innocent. He shows courage because he knows that other people of Maycomb may not agree or like him as much for fighting for a black man, but he does it anyways. My second example is when Atticus tells the kids that “Mrs. Dubose was a great lady” (112), even when Mrs. Dubose really wasn’t very respectful to Atticus at all. Atticus says “she had her own views about things, a lot different from mine.” It shows that he understands that people can be different, and he has the courage to be himself and have his own opinions and share them with other people. My third example is when Atticus says, “If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it” (30). Atticus says this when Scout decides she doesn’t want to go to school anymore. She believes that because Atticus didn’t go to school when he was a kid, means that she will be fine too if she doesn’t. Atticus shows courage here because he is making his kids go to school, and making his kids be the best that they can be, even if they don’t agree completely.
Along with Atticus, his daughter showed plenty of courage in the story also. One example of Scout showing courage in the story is when she brings Walter home for dinner. When Scout tells Walter, “Come on home to eat with us, we’d be glad to have you” (23), shows that Scout has the courage to be kind to people of different types of families. She knows that Walter never brings his own lunch and doesn’t spend any money to buy one, so she courageously asks him to come and enjoy dinner at the Finch’s. Another example is when Scout talks to Mr. Cunningham at the courthouse, when he was with the mob. When Scout says, “Hey, Mr. Cunningham. How’s your entailment gettin’ along?” (153). She...

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