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Bethel Admasu
Herndon

Period 4

28 November 2012

Noteworthy Courage

Everyone has seen an act of courage before. No matter how big or small, they have. Most people would courage is running into a burning building to save a child trapped inside was courage but it can also be displayed in many other ways such as being defensive, caring, and brave. Jem Finch changes from an innocent child to a mature teenager. One might think that because he is a dynamic character, he is not dependable, yet he is. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem Finch is the most courageous character because he protects Scout, stands up for himself and his family and is audacious regarding the mystery of Boo Radley.

Jem shows an amazing amount of protectiveness towards Scout. Scout stands up for a boy named Walter Cunningham on her first day of school. She got in trouble with her teacher and when Scout finds Walter outside, she fights him but Jem stops her. He tells her “to stop”(Lee, 30). Scout still refuses. Again Jem says for Scout to “’Let him go’” (30). Jem doesn’t want Scout to get into anymore trouble anymore. He is courageous because he thinks for his little sister. At night, Scout, Dill and Jem go to the Radley house. A shadow comes and scares them off. Jem urges Scout to hurry when they are running away. Jem “shooed us [Scout and Dill]” and tells Scout to ’”Hurry’” (71). Jem is a responsible brother. One might only think of themselves in a situation like that, especially a child, but Jem thinks of Scout as well. The children are spying on their father while he encounters a mob at the jailhouse. Scout recognized someone in the mob and rushes out to say hello. “I [Scout] broke away from Jem and ran” (202). Jem tries to react quickly. He “tried to catch me [Scout]” (202). He senses, but he could not stop her in time. Jem and Scout are walking through the woods and Bob Ewell sneaks up and attacks them. While he fights Ewell away, Jem yells for Scout. “’Run, Scout!...
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