Theme of Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Essay

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Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, courage is seen as a major theme. Not only in Atticus' fight for the freedom of Tom Robinson, but also in Mrs. Dubose's fight to die free of her morphine addiction.

Atticus proves that courage is a moral act by taking on Tom Robinson?s case. Atticus is intelligent enough to know the battle is already lost, but still he remains the man he says he is, and fights anyway. He fights to the best of his ability, and fights to the end.
This is the same case with Mrs. Dubose and her fight to die free of her drug problem. She is certain that she will die, but she is determined to die free of morphine ? even if it means living her last days in pain.

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When Mrs. Dubose died, Atticus explained to them how courageous she was, because even though she knew she would never live, she was determined to die free of her morphine addiction. Atticus makes an important statement to Jem when Mrs. Dubose dies, he says: 'I want you to see what courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand? (pg 118). Atticus says this to Jem to express to him the true meaning of courage and teach him not to think of courage as something physical, but more a moral act.

I believe true courage is when you fight for what you believe is ethical, regardless of whether you will win or not. Atticus demonstrates courage during the time that he took Tom Robinson?s case. He rebelled against the prejudice of Maycomb, even though he knew it would bring him ridicule. Standing up for what he believed in was proved more important than what people thought of him and even when his own sister thought of him as bringing disgrace to the family, he continued to fight for Tom. He is sure that the case is a lost cause, but even though he knows the outcome before the battle is over, he wants the people of Maycomb to realize they are convicting a man who is innocent. He shows this by saying: "That boy may go to the chair, but he's not going till the truth's told" (pg 150).

Atticus knows he has no chance of wining the case, and just like Mrs. Dubose and her

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