The Courageous Events in To Kill A Mockingbird
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus, the father of Jem and Jean Louise (Scout) Finch, always gave his children good advice and encouraging words. Atticus, along with many other characters in the book, was very courageous. There are many courageous events throughout the story that helps keep the reader’s attention. Some of the courageous actions in the book was Scout standing up to Miss Caroline for Walter Cunningham, the towns people helping Ms. Maudie during the fire, the acceptance of Tom Robinson’s case and the heroic actions of Mr. Arthur (Boo) Radley.
It was Scout’s first day of school and it was starting out rough. She had been told that she could not read properly and that she needed to stop reading with Atticus. She was miserable and did not want to be involved with school anymore. One day, a little boy named Walter Cunningham did not have his lunch money. The Cunningham’s are very poor and would not take anything that they could not pay back. Miss Caroline, a new teacher in town, had offered Walter a quarter for his lunch but he would not take it. Miss Caroline kept trying to convince Walter to take the quarter but he refused to. You could see the embarrassment on poor Walter Cunningham’s face. Finally, Scout stood up out of her chair and said, “Miss Caroline, he’s a Cunningham” (20). Scout thought she had made it pretty clear why Walter would not take the quarter. Unfortunately, Miss Caroline was so new in town that she had no idea who the Cunninghams were, forcing Scout to go into more detail with her explanation, “That’s okay, ma’am, you’ll get to know all the county folks after a while. The Cunninghams never took anything they can’t pay back-no church baskets and no scrip stamps. They never took anything off anybody, they get along on what they have. They don’t have much, but they get along on it.” (20) said Scout. She showed a lot of courage that day. She stood up to her teacher and defended a poor child.
One day, Miss Maudie’s house caught on fire. The town’s people were very courageous and willing to assist in any manner it took. Every man in the town helped get all of Miss Maudie’s valuable belonging out of the burning house. Neighboring towns even took a part in helping save Miss Maudie’s house from burning down. Every person in town was out that night. The town’s men worked all day until the flames went down. They were climbing out of windows, rushing with buckets of water; they even pushed a fire truck from the station to the house. They saved all of Miss Maudie’s valuable things and she was very grateful.