To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay
Jumping off a cliff, shooting someone, or fighting are just some examples of what are considered brave. Although in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee gives a different view of real courage as one of her themes and what it means to be brave. She shows it through many of her characters like Atticus, the wise lawyer and Mrs. Dubose, a rapacious old lady. She even has the quietest of the characters show courage in his actions. Courage is not being able to shoot, but to be able to attempt at something that would hard to accomplish. Through out To Kill a Mockingbird there are many examples of real courage and some characters would be Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo. Atticus is the first to show the real definition of courage. In this part of the book he is given a case to defend a black man since he is a lawyer. The town in which he lives in is very segregated and prejudice, so the chances of him winning the case are slim to none. His daughter Scout asks him '...Are we going to win it?' 'No.'...'Then why—‘ '...We were licked a hundred years before...no reason for us no to try...'(76). This is showing courage because in Harper Lee's definition courage is '...When you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through...'(112). Atticus is going through with his case, even though his chances to win are slim. No matter what people call him, he has the courage to see it through. Even when Heck discourages him by saying 'You've got everything to lose from this, Atticus. I mean everything'(146). Atticus could've easily given up, but instead he sticks through it. This is showing courage through the toughest of times. So even though something maybe hard, facing it is a sign of true courage. Though Mrs. Dubose is an old lady, she is still able to show courage in what she does. Mrs. Dubose is always yelling at Scout and Jem for no real reason. One day Jem gets furious with her snide comments and destroys her camellia...
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