Standing Up for What is Right
It is amazing how many people in the world let opportunities to show their courage pass by everyday. For example, if someone were to see someone else being bullied, most people would just walk by. In actuality, they could stand up against that bully and show courage and bravery. Courage is also greatly defined in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She shows this life skill through many of the characters in the story and through a lot of the events that go on. Through the choices that her characters, Atticus, Jem, and Scout Finch, make throughout the book, courage becomes defined as standing up for what is right. The first instance of when courage is shown is through Scout. Scout’s teacher, Miss Caroline, does not understand why Walter Cunningham does not have lunch and will not accept money to buy lunch. Scout tries to explain to Miss Caroline that the Cunninghams are poor and do not take anything they cannot repay. She is only trying to do the right thing but then her teacher scolds her (22). Even though she got in trouble, Scout stood up for what was right. Scout displays courage a second time when she becomes brave enough to join in with the boys while they are trying to get Boo Radley to come out. Even if she only joined in because Jem had called her a girl, she was still brave and had enough courage to help the boys make Boo come out (Lee 43). Courage is illustrated through the character Scout when she stands up for what she believes in and is audacious. The next case of courage that is shown is by Jem Finch. One example of when Jem displays this courage is when he breaks up the fight between Scout and Walter. Jem says, “You’re bigger’n he is“ (Lee 25). When he said this to Scout, he means that Scout is a better fighter than Walter and she needs to let him go. It was not a fair fight. Just because Walter got Scout in trouble does not mean she needs to beat him up. Jem...
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