An Exploration Of True Courage

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An Exploration of True Courage
Traditionally courage refers to physical strength, but courage is much more than just physical strength. According to The Free Dictionary, “Courage is the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution” (“Courage”). Thus, acts of courage can include running into a burning house to save lives, standing up to a bully, and even asking someone out on a date. Notably, courage comes in many shapes, sizes and forms. Various acts of courage are relevant to Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird in which many characters act courageously. The story takes place in the “tired old town” (Lee 6) of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Primarily, the story revolves around the arrest and the impending trial of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. The main characters include Jean Louise Finch (Scout), a young girl; her older brother, Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem); and her single father and lawyer, Atticus Finch. Above all, many characters in the text demonstrate moral, social and physical courage in their attempt to stand up against their traditional society.
To begin, moral courage is presented by various characters in the novel. Moral courage is the courage to make the correct decisions regardless of personal risk and adversity. Firstly, moral courage is displayed by Atticus Finch, a lawyer, and a single father. When…

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