Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1059 Words Sep 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Courage The dictionary definition of courage is “the ability to do something that frightens one” (courage). But maybe that is not the only definition. The concept of courage is essential to understand the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee develops the theme of courage throughout the actions of the characters Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo.
Atticus displays a great deal of courage from the beginning of the book until the very end. He first demonstrates courage when he agrees to take Tom Robinson 's case. Even though he knew that he was not going to win. When Scout asks her father if he thinks that they will win he says no and “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (Lee 87). He tells scout that there are many reasons that he decided to take the case “The main one is if I didn’t I couldn’t hold my head in this town, I couldn’t represent this legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (Lee 86). Atticus also is courageous when he shoots the dog. It was a rabid dog and was very close to the Radley House (Novels). If he would not have shot dog, it could have harmed his family or neighbors. This scene shows that he is courageous and will do anything to protect his family. Finally, another time Atticus had courage is when he sat outside Tom Robinson’s jail cell alone. He knew that there would most likely be people that would come to harm Robinson,…

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