Analyse How the Theme of Courage Is Presented Within to Kill a Mockingbird

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Analyse how the theme of courage is presented within To Kill A Mockingbird
Courage is the quality of mind that enables one to face danger with confidence, resolution, and gain a firm control of oneself. Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ tells the story of an alleged rape case in a southern small town, in the eyes of a young girl named, Scout. The theme courage is presented many times in the novel and there are numerous examples of it.
Atticus is one of the main characters in the novel and portrays great examples of courage in the novel. At first, he is depicted as someone who is very calm, cares for his family and always does the right thing. To Scout and Jem, Atticus way of life can sometimes bore and puzzle them. Sometimes they
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After he was caught by Atticus he and Scout were made to go read to Mrs Dubose every day. From Mrs Dubose the children learned that there are more to courage than they think. ‘….....I want you to know what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it no matter what. You rarely win but sometimes you do. Mrs Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew’ (page 124). This quotation by Atticus proves that Mrs Dubose display of courage in the face of adversity.
Boo Radley displays courage in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in some ways. Boo Radley was known to be in the wrong crowd when he was a teenager and apparently after one troublesome incident he was locked in the Radley house forever by his father Mr Arthur Radley. Ever since then Boo became a shy character and had many bad rumours about him especially by children. Boo displays courage when Jem and Scout are attacked by Bob Ewell while walking home from Scout’s pageant. It takes enormous amount of courage for someone like Boo to come out of his shell and risk his life to come and save Jem and Scout. He also displays courage by letting Scout interact with him and going inside the Finch house after not having any contact with the outside world for a

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