How Does Harper Lee Present the Theme of Courage in to Kill a Mockingbird
Harper lee presents the theme of courage through several of the characters within TKAM, such as Scout, Atticus, Calpurnia, and Mrs Dubose. Within the book courage is shown in different ways such as Scout’s innocence and naivety or Atticus’ reluctance to carry out an action but still having to carry it out.
One character to show courage is Atticus who shows courage twice as he shoots Tim Johnson and stands up to the lynch mob to defend Tom Robinson. The Tim Johnson incidence occurs when a dog (Tim Johnson) has rabies and is acting like a ‘mad dog’ and ‘walking dazedly’ so Atticus, although reluctant, has to shoot him. This shows courage as we learn from Miss …show more content…
The third character to show character is Calpurnia, the Finch’s housemaid. When Calpurnia asks the question ‘How’d you and Mister Jem like to come to church with me tomorrow’ we can see Calpurnia’s courage straightaway as at the time it would not have been socially accepted for Caucasian people to attend an African American church and for an African American to attend a Caucasian church. Nevertheless, Calpurnia takes the children to church and during a confrontation between Lula, Calpurnia tries to make the children less anxious and worried by saying ‘‘Don’t you fret,’ Calpurnia whispered to me (Scout), but the roses on her hat trembled indignantly’. The fact that she