Analyse How the Theme of Courage Is Presented Within to Kill a Mockingbird

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Analyse how the theme of courage is presented within To Kill A Mockingbird
Courage is the quality of mind that enables one to face danger with confidence, resolution, and gain a firm control of oneself. Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ tells the story of an alleged rape case in a southern small town, in the eyes of a young girl named, Scout. The theme courage is presented many times in the novel and there are numerous examples of it.
Atticus is one of the main characters in the novel and portrays great examples of courage in the novel. At first, he is depicted as someone who is very calm, cares for his family and always does the right thing. To Scout and Jem, Atticus way of life can sometimes bore and puzzle them. Sometimes they
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Therefore his understanding of courage changes as he gets older. In the beginning Jem’s idea of courage is very materialistic, such as touching the side of the Radley house — and then only because ‘In all his life, Jem had never declined a dare’ (page 14). However he learns from people like Atticus and Mrs Dubose what real courage. An example of Jem displaying courage is when he faced the mob outside Maycomb County jail, on the night that Tom Robinson was returned to Maycomb County Jail. He did this because he feared for the safety of his father. A quote from this scene is 'I ain't going,' (page 168). This quote tells the reader that even though Atticus told Jem to go home he didn’t and Jem would always stand by his father and would show much courage and risk his own life to save his father. Hence this portrays that Jem is a character that shows courage in the novel.
Through the eyes of Mrs Dubose, readers see many examples of courage through her experiences of racial prejudice and her addiction to a steadfast drug (morphine). Mrs Dubose does not agree with Atticus handling the Tom Robinson case and therefore she vocalises her opinion bluntly to Atticus, Jem and Scout. This leads to her not being an appealing lady to Scout and Jem. Her insults hurt the children really bad that it leads to Jem destroying Mrs Dubose yard with a batton ‘he did not begin to calm down until he had cut the tops off every camellia bush Mrs Dubose