An Act of Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a classic novel. The story takes place in the 1930's, in a small southern town called Maycomb. The book is about the town and their struggles as they go through a difficult trial. Throughout the novel the author shows how courage is displayed through characters like Mrs. Dubose, Jem Finch, and Atticus Finch. The first important character to display an enormous amount of courage is Mrs. Dubose. She was a morphine addict for many years because it was prescribed to her as a pain killer. Mrs. Dubose could have just kept taking morphine and it would have made her life easier, but she chose otherwise. Instead she wanted to "die beholden to nothing and nobody". She showed determination and displayed lots…show more content…
Jem would stand up for Scout and try to protect her when she was in danger. He would never let anyone know when he was scared, even when Dill dared him to touch the Radley house. Jem displayed a tremendous amount of courage not only to his family, but towards everyone around him. The final character that revealed courage was Atticus Finch. One of the biggest acts of courage for Atticus was taking the Tom Robinson case. He told Scout one day, "'Scout, simply by nature of the work of, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one's mine, I guess. You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change...it's a good one, even if it does resist learning"' (76). Atticus would always give Scout and Jem good fatherly advice. He never let what people say about him, hurt him. He had courage to stand up for what is right when everyone was doing wrong. Atticus was always fair and treated everyone equally, whether they were black or white. Even after he lost the trial he displayed courage and stayed positive. Atticus was a great role model and trustworthy person to everyone. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is enjoyable for anyone to read. It
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