Theme Of Moral Courage By Harper Lee Essay

1222 Words Apr 29th, 2016 5 Pages
What is moral courage? Well, moral courage is the courage to take action for moral reasons, despite the risk of adverse consequences. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel created in the 1930’s that explains childhood and growing up in the Southern United States. Scout Finch, who is 6 years old and her older brother, Jem Finch, both live with their father in Maycomb, Alabama. These characters spend their summers playing with their friend Dill. Many of their antics revolve around the Radley’s place where they look for Boo Radley to see if he is actually crazy. Their father, Atticus Finch on the other hand is a lawyer defending an African American, Tom Robinson, in a racist trial. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee communicates this theme of moral courage through not only characters but many more literary elements, for example conflict and symbolism. Conflict is a struggle between two opposing characters, mostly the protagonist and an antagonist. Harper Lee talks about many conflicts throughout the novel. Firstly Atticus is assigned to defend Tom Robinson in the trial. In Atticus’s closing argument, he states “We do know in part that Mr. Ewell did; he did what any God-fearing, persevering, respectable white man would do under the circumstances--- he swore out a warrant, no doubt signing it with his left hand, and Tom Robinson now sits before you, having taken the oath with the only good hand he possesses----his right hand” (Harper 204). Although this…

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