The Importance Of Bravery In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Bravery is a very important theme in To Kill A Mockingbird. Many of the main characters show bravery in many different situations. These characters aren't always brave in the same ways, for example Atticus does the right thing even if he knows it won’t work out, Scout does scary things, while Calpurnia is courageous in general. This novel shows how important courage is in real life as well.
Atticus is possibly the most courageous character in To Kill A Mockingbird. He often shows his courage by simply doing the right thing. For example, In the mad dog scene Atticus is called by Calpurnia to deal with a rabid dog. Atticus alerts the sheriff, and when they reach the Finch’s, the sheriff ...view middle of the document...

Calpurnia is constantly seeing past prejudices set by racism in the South. When Calpurnia takes the children to the First Purchase M.E African Church she shows bravery by bringing white children to a black church, knowing that this will invite the disapproval of her community. Additionally, she shows similar courage by acting as a mother to Scout and Jem, although she knows the same type of disrespect will most likely affect her and probably has. When the aforementioned mad dog invades the neighborhood Calpurnia braves the street and warns the neighbors of the dog, risking her health. Calpurnia treats all humans as equals and is very brave in many ways.
Scout is often brave, but not all the time like Atticus. Sometimes she can be brave without even realizing what she is doing. For example, when she stands up to the lynch mob trying to hurt Tom Robinson, Scout simply makes small talk with Mr. Cunningham. This gets Mr. Cunningham to lose his will to hurt Tom and he instructs the lynch mob to separate and go back home. Another...

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