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Courage, Oxford Australian school dictionary defines it as the ability to face danger or difficulty or pain even when one is afraid. Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird portrays courage in many different methods through each character. The novel demonstrates how courage can be expressed through a variety of ways and no matter how subtle an act of courage may be it can make a difference in many ways. Many characters in To kill a mockingbird perform various acts of courage. Scout choosing to abide by her fathers instructions to not engage in playground brawls was a courageous change for her. Others whom achieved a courageous feat whether physically...
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"Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what" According to Atticus Finch, an honest lawyer in Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" teaches the children that courage can be portrayed as both physical bravery and strength, but fighting for what is right regardless of whether you win or lose takes more strength in character, and is ultimately more courageous. This is revealed to us by the children's original belief courage being physical, the idea of Ms Dubose's bravery and similarly, Atticus' strong moral courage. Atticus fits into this definition of what courage is and demonstrates it several times throughout the...
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Courage, you have probably heard of this word before but what does it actually mean? Well, according to dictionary.com, an online dictionary, courage means the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, courage is evidently portrayed when Atticus does what no white man would ever dare to do in those days, lest they be scorned by the community. Atticus had the courage to stand up for a Negro, a black, Tom Robinson. This happened in chapter 17 to chapter 22.Courage, to me previously was just being brave and nothing else. However, after reading about Atticus act of standing up for Tom Robinson,...
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Courage exists in several forms in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. As defined by Atticus Finch, real courage "…when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (149). The novel explores the how this real courage can be shown in different ways through the lives of many characters in Maycomb, particularly, Tom Robinson, Mrs. Dubose, and Atticus. Their courage is evident through their lifestyle, actions, and beliefs.
One of the characters who show real courage is Tom Robinson. Being an African-American and living a generally prejudiced town like Maycomb, Tom was already licked from the start. Tom was allegedly accused of...
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To Kill A Mockingbird is a book about courage to what extent do you agree with this?
Harper Lee's first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, displays the life of a small southern family struggling through the depression in Maycomb, Alabama.
Seen through the innocent eyes of a young child are the events and people of Maycomb. Courage is a major theme in the novel but there are other themes like the Hypocrisy, Protecting the innocent and Prejudice, which are brought out to the same extent.
The author explores the idea of courage in the novel.
Atticus shows true courage by defending Tom Robinson, a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Atticus continues to fight for justice...
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Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" explores how courage can be shown in several important characters in the novel. They are Mrs. Dubose, Atticus, Jem and Maycomb county itself. Courage exists in several forms as cleverly depicted in the novel, such as childish courage, moral courage.
The first iconic character in the novel known for her split personality and great moral courage is Mrs. Dubose. She was a morphine addict and was addicted to morphine as a painkiller prescribed by her doctor for many years. Despite her being an old, frail lady, who could have just "make(made) things easier" by just continuing to take morphine as Atticus put it, she chose the other path contrary to...
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What is true courage? According to Atticus Finch, true courage is “when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see through it no matter what” (Lee, 112). Each individual has their own definition of true courage. It can manifest itself in many different forms; it can be through grand, brave acts of heroism or it can be through smaller actions such as standing up for something or someone. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, courage is a very prominent theme. Scout, Jem, and Atticus Finch, amongst other characters, use many different forms of courage to overcome difficult situations.
Any person who stands up for their beliefs despite the consequences...
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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless novel that has been both accepted and refused by many readers. To Kill a Mockingbird took place is a town called Maycomb. It is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, otherwise known as Scout, who learns how to deal with many things in her life. While learning to deal with racism, injustice, and criticism, she also finds courage being showed by many of her role models. The theme courage is best depicted through Boo Radley, Scout and Atticus.
Boo Radley portrayed courage very effectively throughout the novel. In one situation Boo appeared to save Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell, who was attacking them when they were coming back from...
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There are various ways people define what courage is. It might be public speaking or saving a life. Many people believe courage is risking a life to save another. Soldiers are also considered a synonym to courage. However, not everyone saves a life or delivers a speech daily. Still, what is the real definition of courage? In the book To kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee courage is,” When you know you’re licked before you begin,but you begin anyway and see through no matter what.” (Lee pg.149) This quote defines what real courage is. Mrs Dubose, Boo Radley and Atticus displays courage and teaches others a lesson of how to be courageous in a civilised determined way. They all knew they had a...
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To Kill A Mocking Bird is a book written by Harper Lee, it shows how two children, Jem and Scout, grow up in the town of Maycomb, in the town of Maycomb the people there hated blacks and treated them differently, but their father Atticus disagrees with that and defends Tom Robinson a black man who was accused of raping a white girl. The judges were then racist against Tom Robinson and in the end he died. In the book, Harper Lee illustrated courage in many different ways, but the few people that stand out to me are Atticus, Mrs Dubose and Boo Radley.
What is Courage? There are many ways of interpreting Courage, some thinks it is to do something risky, others might think of it as bravery....
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Courage in To Kill A Mockingbird
Courage is shown within the characters of To Kill A Mockingbird in several situations. The characters are challenged to face danger or pain without fear. The courage they display gives them strength and deepens their self-understanding as the novel progresses.
Early in the novel, Scout illustrates the courage she embodies. On her first day of school, Scout acts as an ambassador for the entire class. She takes the duty of informing Miss Caroline of Walter Cunningham's situation. Miss Caroline had just scolded Scout for her ability to read, however, Scout still feels the classes' need for...
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To Kill a Mockingbird is a book mainly about courage. Moreover, it contrasts and compares courage against many other themes in order to show the importance of courage. Throughout the book, Atticus, Jem, Scout, Tom and "Boo" Radley displayed courage. Courage shown by the aforementioned characters are contrasted and compared with the lack of education, fear and the prejudice of most of the Maycomb population. These comparisons exemplify the real courage of the above characters, and bring the reader to 'climb into their skin and walk around in it.'The book is set in the late 1930s'. During that time, many people are not well educated (or if they are educated, they are not educated very well....
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"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee demonstrates that courage is fighting what you believe in no matter the consequence. Fighting for your thoughts and morals all the way to the end, without regard for what people or society as a whole think. The mentality of many is that courage is not having fear or being afraid. A person who has never been hit by a car is not afraid only because that person has no reason to be afraid. This example is not courage, but ignorance. Courage is getting into a situation were the outcome is not in your favor, but you jumping in anyways with the hope that you might be able to have a favorable outcome.Atticus has a definition that "real courage is when you know...
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Courage is defined as "that quality of mind or spirit enabling one to meet danger or opposition with fearlessness." According to Atticus Finch, one of the main characters in To Kill a Mockingbird, "Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." (124) No matter how one defines it, Harper Lee clearly portrays the theme of courage in her novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird". It is one of the most predominant themes and is shown in many of the characters because what is a hero if they are not courageous? One likes to think of a hero, as strong, brave, meeting all challenges head on. All of the characters have a different view as to...
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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, Scout Finch, a six-year-old girl, in which the story is told/seen through the eyes of, goes through many changes, and probably the most dramatic and best-explained changes are in the courage, prejudice, and justice categories; Scout lives with her older brother, Jem, her father, Atticus, and their black maid, Calpurnia. Now, Jem is an out-going bright boy who finds many adventures with the Radley's and their house, he's very, well, he's just an ordinary, young boy who likes sports and loves to go outside on adventures. The Radleys are a family who never come outside, never make any noise, never talk to anyone outside of their house...
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To Kill A Mockingbird , is a fictional novel, written by Harper Lee, that make connections to historical events including her life in the 1930’s and the Civil Rights Movement in the 50’s and 60’s.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that shows both moral and physical courage throughout the book. The narrator, Scout, is a six year old girl who lives with her brother Jem and dad, Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer in Maycomb County, who is chosen to defend a black man who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell the daughter of Tom Ewell. Scout and Jem have a best friend named Dill who visits every summer. They are always daring each other to Boo Radley’s house. Boo Radley is a mysterious man, who never...
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'"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun.'" There were many examples of courage throughout the novel, 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. Atticus showed a lot of courage, not so much physically but mentally as well. This is what many others were like, such as Jem, Scout, Dill, Mrs. Dubose, Boo Radley and Mr. Link Deas. Atticus stood out the most with his courage, which set a good example for his children, Jem and Scout.'"...didn't you know his nickname was 'Ol one-shot Finch when he was a boy?"(Pg. 108)' Atticus displayed courage physically when he shot Tim Johnson, a mad dog, who was dangerous to the town. Atticus doesn't...
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“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, is a moving story about courage set against the prejudice in a small, Alabama town. Atticus tells his children that courage is standing up for what you believe in, even if you know you will lose. Atticus, Boo, and Scout show courage through standing up for what they believe in, even if they might lose by doing so.
When Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson, he knows he will most likely lose the first trial. His friends and colleagues will talk behind his back for defending a black man under a capitol defense. He knows though that this is a trial in his life that he must defend in order for him to live the rest of his life with his head held up...
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Why is it important to have moral values? To know what’s right in a situation? To put the well being of others before yourself? For most people in the small fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, values and fairness are not important. The Maycomb townspeople only follow the social norms based on racism, and their decisions are influenced by these norms. However a certain few in the town do have moral values and look to do the right thing when faced with a tough decision. In the award winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, true understanding of courage and empathy lead Jem and Scout closer to maturity.
Jem and Scout encounter courage many times on their journey to adulthood....
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A Struggle for DecorumIn To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee attempted to balance benevolence with malevolence, and courage with the lack of decorum, found all too often in society. Courage, innocence, and benevolence were displayed by the characters as the major themes incorporated into the intertwined plots. Characters? actions were governed by these ideas, which developed the story in the interesting fashion that has made it a masterpiece of literature. In the following paragraphs the ideas of courage, innocence, and benevolence will be further explored.It took much courage for the characters in this novel to go against the accepted views of their contemporary society. Atticus decided to...
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An Essay Comparing The Subject Of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird by
Harper Lee and The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
The dictionary states that "Courage" is bravery/boldness or to nerve
oneself to a venture. This idea is shown in both The Colour Purple and
To Kill A Mockingbird in similar and in different ways.
The Colour Purple involves courage to stand up against certain people,
rather than morals and ideas, which is the main issue in To Kill A
Mockingbird. Celie is the central character who has the most examples
of courage although there are other people. In To Kill A Mockingbird,
every character has his/her own views on courage which are expressed
widely throughout the...
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"I wanted you to know what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun." What kinds of courage and Heroism are shown in To Kill a Mockingbird? Courage was a theme often explored by Harper Lee and her novel 'To kill a Mockingbird'; many characters in 'To kill a Mockingbird' display the gift of courage, but Harper Lee does not just scratch the surface of courage she plows deep down into her characters and gives each their special courage, all had a unique courage and the strengths are revealed throughout the book.The most influential, and the most outright courageous character in 'To kill a Mockingbird' is Atticus Finch. Atticus is willing to put himself in...
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To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates courage by certain characters' willingness to defend and sustain their own perspective. Also, true courage involves boldness and strength to resist other opinions, disregarding the pressure of others and their morals. False courage would include hypocrisy. Throughout the novel, Atticus and Mrs. Dubose are courageous in their acts, while Aunt Alexandra and the other hypocrites like Miss Gates, possess false courage.Atticus has his own philosophies that often contradict the tacit philosophy of his society. He believes that African-Americans are no different from other intelligent human beings. He believed that in Maycomb, whites are excessively brutal to...
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Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a novel that reflects the courage performed by certain individuals within a harsh world of racial prejudice and discrimination. The strength to endure or confront hardships and dangers are characterized by various characters throughout the novel. Courage can be represented in physical, mental or moral form and are evident in Atticus Finch, Jem Finch, Mrs Dubose and Boo Radley.Atticus Finch characterizes various aspects of courage. He is a lawyer of the small 1930s town, Maycomb County. Being a wise, diplomatic and intelligent man he is respected by the general community. Until he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white...
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Harper Lee's famous book, 'To Kill a Mockingbird', is one of society's most treasured examples of writing. It has won a Pulitzer Prize, amongst other prestigious writing awards, and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. It has been turned into a movie, and is even a standard part of high school syllabus in most countries. But what angle is Ms Lee trying to convey? Is it illustrating man's inhumanity to man in Alabama at that point in time, or was it conveying a symbol of courage and hope?'To Kill a Mockingbird' is set in a small town called Maycomb, in Alabama, in the 1930's. This was a time during the Great Depression, and a time where a man was persecuted for his physical...
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There are many different "mockingbird" characters in Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Early on in the novel, Atticus tells his children to "shoot all the blue jays that you want, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 103). He says this because mockingbirds are known to be harmless creatures that do nothing but sing joyously. Lee cleverly uses this mockingbird imagery to title her classic novel and to describe characters that are kind, innocent people and have done nothing wrong, but are destroyed by the society around them.The first "mockingbird" in this novel is Boo Radley. At the beginning of the story, Boo is a strange and mysterious person to both Jem and...
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Who are the mockingbirds in the novel and why?In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the title of the novel is very significant representing one of the most important themes and symbols which are mockingbirds. Although there aren't many "mockingbirds" killed in the novel there are three main characters that represent this theme: Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Scout. The importance of the symbol of mockingbirds is first introduced to the story when Scout and Jem receive air guns for Christmas and Atticus doesn't want to teach them how to shoot but he tells them "'I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can...
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Although the dedication of Mr. Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, even though it turned out against his favor due to an absence of evidence and a debauched court hearing. This court hearing makes readers question whether or not the justice system of that era was fair and in retrospect, a good question is whether or not our justice system today is fair and lawful. If you think that a false conviction was unfair, Tom is eventually killed for his false conviction under a faulty justice system. To me the sense of justice and fairness seems to be completely violated and bigoted.
Most people will agree that Lee’s book is much more complex than book critics may have suggested. The first question...
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In Harper Lees, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the main themes is courage. Throughout the book some of the characters show signs of having courage such as Ms. Dubose, Arthur Boo Radley, and Atticus Finch. When Ms. Dubose overcomes her drug addiction, when Boo Radley finally decides to leave his house and when Atticus takes on a case that no one else has the courage to take. Each of these events teach Jem and Scout, Atticus children, about the power courage. It illustrates that courage is not always a liberator. That even a dying old woman, a child-like adult, and even a not so tough father can have courage.Ms. Dubose was an old lady that was...
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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Critical Lens Essay,
Someone once said, "All literature shows us the power of emotion. It is emotion, not reason that motivates characters in literature." This means that all literature is an expression of emotion and it is the emotion that is the main character, and often the setting and theme as well. It is not the reasoning within the story that draws you in, but rather how the story deals with the emotions we all have felt. It provides us with a possible scenario of the impact of...
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"To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of the most famous novels written by Harper Lee. In this novel many different issues can be explored, from racism to growing up, to understanding others. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a story about a trial of Negro man in a small Southern town. The novel not only displays the racial tension in a small town and the effects it has on it's citizens, but it displays it through the eyes of a young innocent child "" Scout. "To Kill a Mockingbird" can be read as the story of child growth and maturation. And curtain events helped her to understand the life injustice.The first experience that scout faced was the accusation of Negro man in raping a white girl Mayella Ewell....
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In the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" written by Harper Lee, is a narration by a young girl named Jean-Louise Finch, her nickname is Scout. Her older brother's name is Jem Finch and her father's name is Atticus Finch. Their family resides in the town of Maycomb County, Alabama. The story takes place in the 1930's during The Great Depression. Throughout the novel, Scout re-tells her experiences as a child growing up during an age of racism and oppression. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.Mockingbirds are innocent creatures. They do not destroy other people's gardens. They do not annoy local residents. They are as innocent as anything in this world comes....
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Who would want to kill a mockingbird that sings and keeps people at peace? Only mean and cruel people for example Bob Ewell, a drunk and abusive father. This symbol of mockingbird appears in the story many times. According to Merriam-Webster’s Middle School Dictionary a mockingbird is a songbird of the southern U.S. that is noted for the sweetness of its song and for imitations of the notes of other birds (482). The symbol of killing a blameless bird is repeated through out the story when Harper Lee describes Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Calpurnia. The following words of Atticus to his children explain it “…but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can...
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To Kill a Mockingbird I believe that one of the main themes in To Kill a Mockingbird is the development of the Arthur Radley in relevance to the symbol of innocence in relation to the Mockingbird. Harper Lee finds ways to change his character. As the book goes on more and more details surface about Arthur "Boo" Radley. This adds more conclusions about the fact that Boo just wants to fit in, somehow, the world's big puzzle of life.Scout and Jem befriend a summer resident named Dill. The children become fascinated with the character of Boo Radley early on in Chapter 1. He was described as a recluse and no one ever really took note of him. The children were influenced by town superstitions that...
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In today’s media centered-society, the virtue of courage is often misconstrued. Courage is portrayed in media as the lack of fear in dangerous situations. Courage is not about being fearless; it is instead the act of one overcoming their fears to pursue what they believe is morally right. The novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” provides prime examples of characters displaying courage by conquering their fears for the greater good, On e can see this when Atticus defends Tom Robinson, when Atticus kills the rabid dog and when Boo Radley saves Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell.
Atticus is worried about the safety of Tom Robinson in the jailhouse, so he stands guard outside all night. A mob of men...
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I think that there are four main themes in the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. These being; Benevolence; Predujice; Innocence; and most of all, courage. I believe that courage definitely plays a major role as a theme in scenes througout this novel. For a younger child though, like Scout, courage is most often associated with some type of physical act, which involves danger. It is difficult for younger children to grasp the concept that greater courage is most often required in other aspects of life. Scout learns that the greatest courage can be found in a situation where a person knows that they are going to lose, yet still continues to fight the battle."I wanted you to see what...
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It can be argued that the most prominent theme in 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' is prejudice. It is directed towards groups and individuals in the Maycomb community. Prejudice is linked with ideas of fear and injustice.There was surely no nation in the world that holds "racism" in greater horror than does the United States at the time. Fear and paranoia led to the Whites believing that the Blacks desired all the whites had, including their women.A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, who were both peaceful people who never did any harm.Boo Radley went through his life...
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Prejudice is arguably the most prominent theme of the novel. It is directed towards groups and individuals in the Maycomb community. Prejudice is linked with ideas of fear superstition and injustice.Racial prejudice consumed the mob (pg 166), which wished to prevent Tom even gaining a court hearing, the most basic form of justice. This is probably the fiercest form of prejudice in the novel.The abolition of slavery after the civil war gave blacks the same legal position as many whites in America. This initially made Blacks´ lives harder because now the Whites saw them as competitors for jobs during the 30s depression. Fear and paranoid led to the Whites believing that the Blacks...
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Steiner 1Drew SteinerMs. Peyton-CorbinEnglish Period GTKAM Essay Morality is TimelessHarper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird highlights examples of heroism and courage in a small Alabama town plagued with racism and poverty. The novel focuses on the experiences of the Finch family which consists of Atticus, Jem, and Scout. Scout serves as the narrator of the book; her story is based on her recollections of the events leading up to, during, and after her father's defense of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping Mayell Ewell, a white woman. To Kill a Mockingbird is not only a critique of racism, but teaches valuable life lessons about moral courage and standing up for what is right.The...
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The story of Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch, growing up with her father, Atticus and brother, Jem in the US Southern state of Alabama, in the 1930s, is the story told by Harper Lee in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Throughout the novel, Scout faces many trials and tribulations through which she learnt many lessons. One lesson Scout learned was to tolerate others, regardless of their race or how they live their lives. Scout also learned that courage isn't only a man with a gun. Both lessons were learnt in a manner that is unique to "To Kill a Mockingbird".Like many other communities, Maycomb was home to many different kinds of people. According to Jem, "There are four kinds of folks in the world. There...
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In a town where racism is accepted and people are prejudice, one family stands up for what is right. To Kill a Mockingbird is a story from the point of view of a little girl, Jean Louise Finch, Scout, and about growing up in the racist town of Maycomb in the 1930's. Throughout the book, you see Scout and her brother, Jem, maturing and seeing what is going on around them. Their father, Atticus Finch is assigned to defend a black man and it shows his struggle for doing what is right. There are many other characters in To Kill a Mockingbird, but not all represent something. The characters of Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Dolphus Raymond represent the qualities of life, liberty, and the...
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In life people make a lot of friends and sometimes they do not know why. Sometimes friendships and bonds with other people change the appearance of what that person can see. There is always someone new to meet who makes life easier. In Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mocking Bird the symbolic mockingbird is personified in the characters of Tom Robinson and Arthur "Boo" Radley in the way that these characters enrich the lives of other people and require protection from those who seek to harm them. In Harper Lee's novel there is a story of two different mockingbirds (in a metaphorical sense). The first mockingbird is Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was a local in Maycomb, Alabama. Mayella...
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Nelle Harper Lee, was written in 1960. During the 1960's great movements towards equality and integration were taking place, there was great social injustice towards African-Americans. This was Lee's entire plot of the book he wanted to show how even when all evidence proofed a black man innocent when his word is faced the that of a white person or person of the privileged society, he will be found guilty. In To Kill a Mockingbird Lee wrote about a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a very poor white girl named Mayella Ewell, when in all actuality he did nothing but help her out. She made sexual advances towards him, and as he rejected...
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“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not,” says Oprah Winfrey. Integrity is shown through unyielding support of ideals on morals, while being complete or deliberate. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are several strong examples of integrity. The author in To Kill a Mockingbird illustrates integrity fully and completely through two characters that really stood out to me: Atticus and Mrs. Dubose.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus demonstrates the trait of integrity by the way he lives his life in Maycomb County. For example, when Atticus has just finished announcing to Scout that he has taken up a case for Tom...
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Sarah Heimberg3-7-20143rd/DavyTKM EssaySignificance of BraveryFamous author Billy Graham had once stated, "When a brave man takes a stand; the spines of others are often stiffened." To put this in other words, Graham initially means when someone is brave their courageousness encourages others to take a stand as well. Harper Lee would most likely comply with Graham's thought. In her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses Atticus's words and actions in order to teach the lessons about true bravery.Atticus's words truly exemplify the meaning of being brave. Lee uses Atticus to illustrate how to be brave despite the judgments of others. To support Lee's lesson for the novel Atticus states,...
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In a desperate attempt to save his client, Tom Robinson, from death, Atticus Finch boldly declares, “To begin with, this case should never have come to trial. This case is as simple as black and white” (Lee 271). The gross amounts of lurid racial inequality in the early 20th century South is unfathomable to the everyday modern person. African-Americans received absolutely no equality anywhere, especially not in American court rooms. After reading accounts of the trials of nine young men accused of raping two white women, novelist Harper Lee took up her pen and wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, a blistering exposition of tragic inequalities suffered by African Americans told from the point of view...
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True role models are those who possess the qualities that we would want to have in the near future and those who interest us in a way that make us want to be a better person. They teach us more about ourselves and encourage us to make better choices. A role model is not just someone who is successful, but someone who has had similar experiences that we have had. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates that Atticus Finch is a true role model. Over the course of the novel, Atticus stands up for his beliefs, respects everyone despite who they are and behaves as a true father. Atticus is truly the ideal role model.
Even though the odds go against him, Atticus Finch bravely...
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1 To Kill A MockingbirdThe historical novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is set in racially prejudiced Maycomb, Alabama in the nineteen thirties. Atticus' greatest act of courage was taking on the Tom Robinson case. To Jem and Scout, courage was "a man with a gun in his hand"(149). The children thought of Atticus' one-shot kill of the mad dog as a tour de force. In this case, Atticus was not trying to prove anything and therefore is the wrong definition of courage. Atticus defined real courage as when "you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what"(149). Atticus' greatest act of courage was his choice to defend Tom Robinson to the...
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To kill a mockingbird is an extremely powerful book highlighting the
horrors of racial discrimination in the “Deep South” of the United
States of America. Discuss.
To kill a mockingbird is an extremely powerful book highlighting the
horrors of racial discrimination in the “Deep South” of the United
States of America. It focuses on the racial issues concerning a
staunch, typically “white” country town in the “Deep South.” This
essay however deals with the various trials and tribulations endured
by a young girl during her schooling years. The story is told from the
perspective of the young girl, Jean Louise Finch, affectionately known
Beginning with the first grade,...
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In order to appreciate To Kill A Mockingbird fully, we should be familiar with some of the background of its setting. The South in the colonial times grew into an area with large cotton plantations and small cities. Because of the necessity for cheap labour to pick and seed the cotton, Negro slavery took a strong hold there. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, there were over 500,000 slaves in this country, with by far the greatest number in the South. As time passed, plantation owners formed a landed aristocracy. The Negroes, though slaves, gained a measure of economic security. On the perimeter of this were the poorer white farmers who either owned small pieces of land or worked as...