Essay on Theme Of Moral Courage By Harper Lee

1209 Words Apr 28th, 2016 5 Pages
What is moral courage? When do you follow this term? 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. With many hard and terrible situations occurring, it gets difficult for people to decide on what is the right thing to do. The novel has many characters who do this such as Scout Finch, who is 6 years old and her older brother, Jem Finch. Both of these children are living with their father in Maycomb, Alabama. These characters mainly stay with their friend, Dill looking day and night at the Radley’s place for Boo Radley and 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 terrible 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, majorly the protagonist and an antagonist. Harper Lee talks about many, many conflicts throughout the novel. Firstly Atticus is assigned on taking the Tom Robinson case. He was defending the Tom throughout the whole trial. As Atticus was stating his speech, he states “We do know in part that Mr. Ewell did; he did what any God-fearing, persevering, respectable white man…

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