Theme Of Bravery In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Living in the south during times of racism was difficult for the people of Maycomb county. Atticus Finch is a lawyer and has 2 children named Jem and Scout. They learn many lessons about family, life and love while their father has to defend Tom Robinson during the trial. There are many themes that the author develops throughout the story. Some of these themes include hypocrisy, innocence and racism. Atticus illustrates the characteristics of bravery in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird by doing what he knew was right when people were against him and standing up for Tom during times of crisis for African Americans.
One way Harper Lee creates the theme of bravery is through Atticus Finch, a lawyer that has to defend, Tom Robinson, an African American man. After Mrs. Dubose death Atticus explains to Jem what it is really like to be brave, teaching his children from what he has learned. “‘I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely
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“ You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view, until you climb into their skin and walk around in it” ( 30). This is helpful to Scout’s situation because she has to understand how the Cunningham's live since they are poor. Almost everyone in Maycomb could use this saying when they act prejudice towards the African Americans. Atticus had to ‘climb into’ Tom Robinson’s skin when he was defending him. He knew how the blacks were treated but he doesn’t know Tom’s feelings. Harper Lee has many examples of the uses of bravery in To Kill a Mockingbird and Atticus acts not only as a teacher to his children, but he has to learn many lessons of bravery

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