Conscience, Courage And Conscience In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird display notions of conscience, courage and conviction. Through the eyes of Scout Finch looking back on her life as a child growing up with her father Atticus, brother Jem and her African American nanny Calpurnia. The novel is based on growing up and her experiences and discoveries as she grows. The novel explores the issues of justice and injustice, prejudice and empathy for the individual at the time 1930’s in Maycomb, Alabama. These themes all reflect back to the notions.

Conscience is the involuntarily thought process its about right and wrong and if you’ve got a conscious your able to think about what is right and wrong. Jem ripped all of Mrs Duboses flowers and vandalised her front yard this is connected to the question by the lessons that Atticus teaches when he punishes Jem. Atticus always reminds the children that he couldn’t live with himself and be a role model for his children if he did not stand up for his beliefs and do his right thing by his conscience. “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person conscience”. This quote reflects the conscience through Atticus and who he is as an
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“I’d rather you shot tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember its a sin to kill a mocking bird”.

Atticus Finch, as the father of the main character Scout and narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird has a crucially important impact on the notions of the novel. Scout’s understanding and perceptions of the world broaden and become more complex as she is guided though a morally difficult time by Atticus. His courage, integrity and empathy stand as examples for how to live and behave through the narrator’s

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