Essay The Role of Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mocking Bird is a book written by Harper Lee, it shows how two children, Jem and Scout, grow up in the town of Maycomb, in the town of Maycomb the people there hated blacks and treated them differently, but their father Atticus disagrees with that and defends Tom Robinson a black man who was accused of raping a white girl. The judges were then racist against Tom Robinson and in the end he died. In the book, Harper Lee illustrated courage in many different ways, but the few people that stand out to me are Atticus, Mrs Dubose and Boo Radley. What is Courage? There are many ways of interpreting Courage, some thinks it is to do something risky, others might think of it as bravery. But to me, Courage is not about succeeding a …show more content…
He also wasn’t discouraged by the odds of him winning, or by the community around him, or the fact that he was fighting against his friends, he still carried on as he felt it was the right thing to do, to bring justice to Tom Robinson. Although Atticus didn’t succeed he stilled tried, which is what matters most. Atticus respects Mrs Dubose as she recognized a flaw in her habits and tried to make it go away, she was addicted to morphine which is a painkiller her doctors gave her. Atticus then sent Jem to read to Mrs Dubose as Jem had destroyed her camellias. Atticus told him to do that not because he wanted to punish Jem but because he wanted Jem to learn from her. Atticus said to Jem, “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.” This shows that Mrs Dubose showed real courage in trying to get rid of her addiction and also what courage is, this shows that courage is not a guy with power but a person like Mrs Dubose who takes up courage to correct her life even though she knows she’s going to die soon. Boo Radley’s most courageous act was when he saved the two children Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell. His courage overrode the towns prejudice against him and that he might die while saving

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