Courage Is an Important Theme in to Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Courage is an important theme in to kill a mockingbird

In To Kill Mockingbird courage is presented to us as a desirable quality. Harper Lee suggests that there is some misunderstanding as to what real courage in the community of Maycomb actually is. Many aspects of courage are shown in To Kill a Mockingbird. There are examples of physical courage, such as Atticus facing the rabid dog. There is also moral courage, an example of this would be when Atticus takes on Tom Robinson’s case and he sticks to his principles, even though he knows that he can’t win. Scout shows this kind of courage when she doesn’t fight back when people criticise Atticus. Atticus sees Mrs Dubose as a strong example of someone with courage and he calls her the
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Atticus couldn’t care less that all Aunt Alexandra saw important was raising girls to become pretty, hardworking wives. What concerns Alexandra the most, is other people’s opinion about her and her family. Atticus has the courage to raise his children as he likes because he always stands up for what he believes.
Another example of Atticus’ strength to stand up for his beliefs is in the way he treats Calpurnia. Atticus treats Calpurnia with the same respect that he treats everyone else, respect that doesn’t exist anywhere else within the community. He believes that everyone deserves the same treatment and is able to look at people with a colourblind attitude. Atticus does not mind that Calpurnia brought Jem and Scout to the coloured church, and he accepts Calpurnia as a part of the family. He teaches his children not to discriminate blacks, and that all people are equal. This shows that Atticus has the courage to look past colour even in a very racist community because he stands up for what he believes.
The largest and most important example of this type of courage (standing up for what you believe) would be the Trial of Tom Robinson. When Atticus took the case, he went against Maycomb, a generally prejudiced town, in order to defend Tom. He understood that taking the case would leave him ridiculed and that no one would forgive him for believing a black man's word rather than a white man's. Even his own

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