Courage In Arthur Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Willie Mays. What comes to mind when you hear that name? Some people think of a man who is considered the second best baseball player of all time, behind some orphan from Baltimore named Babe Ruth. Some people think of one of the men responsible for the domination of New York teams in the 1950’s, where every World Series had at least one New York team every year except 1959. Most people know him for “the catch,” an over the shoulder grab he made in the 1954 World Series that is synonymous with October Baseball. But what most people do not know about this man was that he had so much more courage than the average man. He was an outstanding black ballplayer in a league of baseball dominated by white’s. While Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier five years before Mays took the field at the Polo Grounds, Willie still faced …show more content…
Wille didn’t let those threats waiver his courage. He kept on going out there and playing ball, and if he stopped, we would have never been able to see one of the best do his thing. The question is though, how does this relate to courage in To Kill A Mockingbird? Well, lets look at that. First off, To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the most influential classics in American Literature. It’s about a quiet little town in Alabama and how it changes when a African American man is falsely accused raping a white girl. It is all told from the perspective of Scout, the daughter of the defense attorney for the black man. One of the main themes of the book is courage. Willie Mays had to have courage when he stepped out of the dugout and ran onto the field into an onslaught of slurs and threats from the stands because he was black. So too did Atticus Finch-the lawyer responsible for defending the falsely accused black man-when he had to step out of his “dugout” and take the “field” while “fans” slandered him because of what he

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