According to Atticus Finch, one of the main characters in To Kill A Mockingbird, "Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." (Lee, 128) No matter how you define it, Harper Lee definitely portrays the theme of courage in this book. It is one of the most predominant themes and is shown in many of the characters.
Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, courage is represented many times. Atticus represents courage when he takes the Tom Robinson case, stands up to Bob Ewell, and when he shoots Tim Johnson. Scout represents courage when she stands up for Walter, punches cousin Francis, and when she breaks up the mob. Boo Radley represents courage when he kills Bob Ewell, saves Scout and Jem, and strokes Jem. Courage is still very important because if we don’t have courage, then we won’t take risks. If we don’t take risks, then we won’t achieve
Courage, as defined by Collins Dictionary, is “the quality shown by someone who decides to do something difficult or dangerous, even though they may be afraid”. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee has created many characters who exhibit such courage, even in the face of adversity, and develops this into a major theme. Atticus Finch, Arthur Radley, and other members of the Finch household and Maycomb community, display amazing courage in the things they say, but more importantly in the way they act. These characters all contribute to the novel’s theme of showing courage through adversity.
Courage is about people confronting situations or accepting challenges in spite of the potential failure. Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, and bravery. This idea of courage is a prominent theme in Harper Lee’s in To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel deals with two children- -Jem and Scout-- coming of age in a racist environment. Their father Atticus defends a local African American. All characters learn lessons about courage and racism. In this in mind, it is important to examine how courage is examined through the characters of Jem, Atticus, Boo.
Courage is shown by different characters in varying ways throughout the novel. These characters are Jem, Boo Radley, Mrs. Dubose and Atticus. Jem shows a small amount of courage when Atticus decides to face a lynch mob. Jem understands who they are and what they want to do, but he still refuses to go home and remains to defend his father. Boo Radley also shows courage by putting all his fears of the outside world behind him to save Jem and Scout's lives.
Courage can be shown in many different ways. Some people have a hard time of showing it while others do not. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird courage is shown through the characters of Jem and Atticus. These two characters show their courage in many different ways.
Courage is shown within the characters of To Kill A Mockingbird in several situations. The characters are challenged to face danger or pain without fear. The courage they display gives them strength and deepens their self-understanding as the novel progresses.
Courage can be defined in many different ways as shown by Anne Sexton’s “Courage” poem and Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Anne Sexton would say courage comes in small acts and in these small acts of courage is what teaches people how to find the strength within themselves to accept things the way they are. Atticus Finch, one of the main characters in To Kill A Mockingbird, would argue that courage is perseverance and fighting till the end even though the battle has already been lost. This novel takes place around the 1930s, and is told through the eyes of Scout Finch. From her, one might learn about her father, Atticus Finch, an attorney who hopelessly aims to prove the innocence of a black man wrongly accused of rape. Both of these definitions, however, apply to three of the characters in the novel; Atticus represents both his definition and Anne Sexton’s, Scout represents Anne Sexton’s and Mrs. Dubose, an elderly woman addicted to morphine, represents Atticus’s.
Some examples of scout displaying this behavior are when Scout stops the mob. She calls out Mr. Cunningham saying ¨entailments are bad¨ (Lee 205). This shows courage because it would have been easier for her to go how like Atticus had said, but she stood up for him and help disperse the mob. Another example of scout showing courage is when she reads to Mrs.Dubose. Scout wants nothing to do with Mrs.Dubose, but scout sticks to her word and continues to read to Mrs.Dubose until she dies. The final example of scout showing courage is when she agrees to stop fighting kids at school. This is how scout likes to solve her problem, through violence, but she knows it's wrong. Scout makes a deal with Atticus that she will stop fighting of he reads to her, scout takes the deal and does not fight again.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a prominent theme used by Lee is courage in the youth of Maycomb’s society. This is shown through Jem, Scout and Dill. For Jem, he informs Atticus that Dill has run away to the Finch family home, while Scout runs through the mob. Dill shows courage through being the one to first suggest touching the Radley house. The actions of these characters project Atticus’s definition of courage because he defines courage as, “It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway…”. In the situations the children face, they know that it is a risk to do what they’re about to do, but they continue.
Courage is an asset that is highly valuable. Having courage allows people to be confident in their own skin, put their social status at risk for doing what is right, and even in circumstances of criticism, being able to share their ideas. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the characters that came across the most courageous were Jem, Scout, and Miss Maudie. Jem shows courage by touching the infamous Radley house which everyone fears; Scout shows courage by defending her classmate when he was being taunted by the teacher, and Miss Maudie wears men’s clothes when the expectations of women in the society lean to women being feminine.
Courage is strength. Courage is honesty. Courage is standing one’s ground no matter what. Courage is standing up for others. In Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem Finch, along with their father Atticus, live in Maycomb County, a small, mainly racist town in Alabama during the Great Depression. The Finch family’s neighbor, Mrs. Dubose, and Atticus display acts of personal courage in the story. Specifically, Mrs. Dubose displays courage in her honesty and strength, and Atticus displays courage in his responses to racism based threats and keeping others safe.
Courage means to have the strength to do something that frightens you knowing it will be difficult or dangerous. Someone can only show their courage through their words and actions.To Kill A Mockingbird is a book by Harper Lee.It revolves around young girl’s life called Scout. Scout lives in Maycomb with her father, Atticus, her brother, Jem, and their cook, Calpurnia. Scout and Jem go through many things and witness many act and types of courage. Different types of courage have been expressed in the book like moral, physical, and emotional. Harper Lee shows the significance of these courages through her characters.
Courage manifests itself through the trials people go through and how they respond. One of the most common trials that many people go through is pain or grief. Some people rise to the occasion and others fall apart. When people fall, the courageous thing to do is to get back up and charge forward. In the book by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo, Atticus, and Mrs. Dubose all go through trials of their own and each respond in a unique way unveiling each one’s form of courage. In To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many different outlooks on courage that a reader can see through the characters that Harper Lee creates.
Courage is the quality of mind that enables one to face danger with confidence, resolution, and gain a firm control of oneself. Many of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird showed courage in their own way. Courage can come in many different forms: physical, mental, emotional and moral. Courage is not the only main theme displayed in To Kill a Mockingbird; prejudice and education are also very important themes exhibited throughout the progression of the novel. Through the eyes of Scout Finch, a bright, sensitive and intelligent little girl, these themes of the novel are explored in great depth.