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The Presence Of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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What is Courage? If you looked in a dictionary you would find that it would say, "courage is a quality that enables one to face danger or pain without showing fear". Harper Lee, in her book To Kill a Mockingbird, truly understands courage and all of its many different forms. There are many different characters in the novel who commit courageous acts of both big and small. Whether it be ancient Mrs.Dubose, wise Atticus Finch, or mysterious Boo Radley, the theme of courageous acts even with great opposition is displayed numerous times throughout this story.
The first example of unlikely courage is seen in the foil character, Mrs. Dubose. Though at first seeming to be one of the many ...view middle of the document...

One of the biggest traits he tries to teach his children is to persevere and do what is right even if you know you will fail. Atticus demonstrates this unwavering loyalty by refusing to stop defending Tom even after the town’s citizens shun him and by protecting Tom from Walter Cunningham, even when he could have been injured. Atticus represents the courage that allows us to stand up for what is right even with pressure from our friends and family to do the wrong thing.
The last of many examples that Harper Lee uses in To Kill a Mockingbird is Arthur Radley, also known as Boo. Boo both serves as a source of mystery and entertainment for the children throughout their childhood. He is a recluse that had not been outside of his house in many years, making him the victim of all kinds of vicious rumors. Scout and Jem had never seen Boo until the night where they both got attacked and almost murdered by Bob Ewell. Hearing the children's screams, Boo rushed out of his house and stabbed Bob, then carried an unconscious Jem to...

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