Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1750 Words Jun 16th, 2016 7 Pages
The definition of courage as stated on the internet goes like this, “Is one’s ability to do/face something that frightens ones-self.” In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, courage has a different meaning. To this book courage means having the backbone to start something knowing it will be well near impossible to finish it. Now this is one person’s view on the subject of courage but it fits very well with the story and the characters this book portrays. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper lee courage is shown by Atticus Finch, a lawyer and the father of Jem and Scout as well as a respected figure in the society of Maycomb. Mrs. Dubose, a decrepit old woman who is on the verge of death and is suffering from a very dreadful addiction to morphine. And Arthur (Boo) Radley, a recluse who isn’t a part of Maycomb’s society because of his lack of human contact for the past 15 years. The three characters Atticus Finch, Mrs. Dubose, and Arthur (Boo) Radley are the most effective communicators of the books meaning of courage or their own nuanced version of it. Atticus exhibits courage when he takes Tom Robinson’s case knowing the potential problems that would arise with taking this case. The community of Maycomb believes in discriminating against another because of one’s race. Atticus took the case to defend Tom Robinson, because he believes that this black man is innocent against the charge of raping a white woman. During this time of unease in the town because of the case, a…

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