To Kill a Mockingbird, Courage

To Kill a Mockingbird, Courage

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  • Date Submitted: 11/15/2008 1:06 PM
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Courage Essay
To Kill a Mockingbird

In this novel you see many acts of courage from many of the characters. When Harper Lee published this book she used many themes of courage to make ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ a more suspenseful and exciting novel. She showed that courage is very strong and powerful and if you have courage you will succeed. Courage is one of the most predominant themes in this novel and is shown in many of the characters. The characters of this novel have different views as to what courage is and they all show it a unique and different way. The theme of “courage” is shown in this novel by the words and actions of Atticus Finch, Boo Radley and Mrs. Dubose

Atticus Finch shows many acts of courage during the time period of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Atticus shows his courage manly throughout the Tom Robinson court case, it first started when Atticus took the court case. Atticus was against the whole town of Maycomb to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus knew that he would be betrayed because he was taking a black man to court rather than a white man. But Atticus did not care about what anyone said and stuck to his word. Atticus’s strong sense of morality and justice motivated him to Tom Robinson with confidence and determination. Atticus shows a lot of courage going into the case. He wants the people of Maycomb to hear the truth about Tom. Atticus shows this by saying "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try and win." Atticus saying that there is no way of wining this court case but why not put some effort into it. Atticus Finch also shows courage when he shot the mad dog on his street. Atticus had never shot a rifle in a very long time. Atticus took great courage and was motivated by the other men to shoot the dog. “He’s within range, Heck. You better get him before he goes down the side street—Lord knows who’s around the corner. Go inside, Cal.” This quote explains that there is a mad dog on...

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