Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1181 Words Nov 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Courage is defined as “metal or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.” In Harper Lee’s To Kill a mockingbird, Scout Finch retells her nostalgic childhood in which her lawyer father decided to defend a black man during the great depression where racism was still very evident in the south. Courage was portrayed by multiple different characters throughout the story. Many unexpected characters show acts of courage in Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Courage was well portrayed by Atticus going to the jail to protect tom Robinson, Boo Radley saving Scout and Jem and Mrs.Dubose overcoming her morphine addiction.
Atticus protecting Tom Robinson in jail is an example of an unexpected courageous act. Atticus setting out for the jail alone that night shows bravery. “Courage as a virtue involved knowledge of the self as well as knowledge of the ends for which danger was found.” (Schwartz 347) He knew that going to the jail alone that night to try and protect Tom Robinson would be dangerous but he decides to go anyways and do what he thought was right showing mental and moral strength to withstand danger, a true act of courage. Atticus went that night to defend a coloured man even though society did not approve of his choices and views on coloured people. “Get some sleep Tom. They won’t bother you anymore.” Relived to say this, Atticus was a man well aware of his moral compass and had the strength to stand up for what he believed was right. Although…

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