To Kill a Mockingbird was and still is one of the English finest literatures. To Kill a Mockingbird was an instant best seller and also the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This Essay is about this book; to kill a Mockingbird is a famous quote from a character in this book that concerns a very important lesson being taught. The main character of this book is a young girl and her brother and they learn a lot of things. By learning form examples, the children are able to be more courageous. By making an honest mistake, the children are able to be taught to be more respectful. And last but not least by being taught the children learn not to harm anything that has not caused any harm. This entire essay is about the children’s early mistake in judgments teach them valuable lesson, which help make more mature decisions later on.
Through being educated about courage, the children are able to be more courageous. In the earlier parts of the novel Jem gets into an angry confrontation with Mrs. Dubose while passing her house. Jem gets mad and later in the story cuts the head of all the flowers in Mrs. Dubose’s garden thinking that this action was an act of courage. As a punishment Atticus made Jem read to Mrs. Dubose for a month. At first Jem thought that it would be the worst thing ever but after a while he realizes that she is not such a bad person. After the death of Mrs. Dubose Atticus tells Jem about Mrs. Dubose’s courage. From this Jem learns the meaning of true courage. After the death of Mrs. Dubose Atticus told Jem, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun” (Lee 149) Atticus is telling Jem what real courage is and about Mrs. Dubose morphine addiction and how she had vowed to quit it before her death. Being taught by Mrs. Dubose about true courage shifted the children’s view of courage. The children used to think that courage and bravery is only physical strength but they now realized that courage can also be mentally. This made the children realize about personal goals and overcoming obstacles to achieve those goals.
Later on in the Novel Atticus takes a case relating to Tom Robinson and gets into a bad situation relating an angry mob trying to kill someone in the prison, unfortunately Atticus is guarding the prison door. Jem, Dill and scout are hiding in the bush watching the angry mob trying to talk Atticus into letting them pass. The mob tries threatens Atticus into moving but he wouldn’t move, the situation was getting worse but before anything bad could happen Jem, Scout and Dill made a mature decision by stepping out from behind the bush to confront the angry mob. They walked up the step and were right beside Atticus. Atticus tells Jem to take Scout and Dill back to the house but Jem just stood there and simply refused. The situation was getting tenser as a little bit of time passed by. Finally Scout finds a familiar face in the crowd, Mr. Cunningham. Scout says: