To Kill a Mockingbird

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” – Different kinds of Courage

To Kill a Mockingbird, a coming-of-age tale written by Harper Lee is of great significance in literature. This classic teaches us many things, such as the human dignity that unites us all. Courage is shown in various characters and in many different forms throughout the book. For example, in Part I of the book, we encountered Mrs. Dubose. She was a morphine addict prescribed by her doctor for many years. Despite her being an ill old lady, who could have “spent the rest of her life on it [morphine] and died without so much agony” (111), instead she chose a path that she believed in. Mrs. Dubose decided to live as freely as possible, saying that "she was going to leave this world beholden to nothing and nobody" (111), showing her strong determination to die free. Also, Atticus stated that “She had her own views about things…I told you that if you hadn’t lost you head I’d have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her – I wanted you to see what real courage is…She was the bravest person I ever knew.” (112) Mrs. Dubose was an excellent example of courage, she didn’t try to follow the crowd, she had her own beliefs. From that, we can tell that Atticus really looked up to her despite the prejudiced remarks she made against the Finches. This made Mrs. Dubose an outstanding character with contrasting characteristics in the eyes of the reader. I suppose you can say this is an example of “Don’t judge the book by its cover.” Mrs. Dubose might not have been the prettiest, kindest looking lady in Maycomb, but her insides were beautiful. Harper Lee swiftly showed that there is goodness in everyone, despite their evil natures. Two other major characters, Jem and Scout each had their way of showing courage. First Jem, his transformation as a child to an adolescent (chapters 1-16) had vast changes. Scout described his brother as “a born hero” (39), exhibiting her admiration and love for...
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