Bravery In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Bravery is a key characteristic in every single person, without it you are fearful. Jem, one of the main characters in "To Kill a Mockingbird", would not be the person is without this crucial component. Jem is a kind hearted young boy, who especially tries to show off to his younger sister, Scout and to Dill, the children's summer friend. Jem learns throughout the book many different ways to define himself from his lawyer father, Atticus, the housekeeper to the Flinches, Calpurnia, his younger sister, Scout and their neighbor, Miss Maudie. In "To Kill a Mockingbird", Jem's perspective of bravery changes dramatically as he develops from these characters throughout the novel.

In the beginning of the novel, Jem is displayed as a tough young kid who is curious about everything. Jem demonstrates bravery through his curiosity. For example, Scout tells us, "Jem wanted Dill to know once and for all he wasn't scared of anything" (Lee 17). Jem is very concerned at this time what people thought of him and he wanted to let Dill and Scout know that he wasn't afraid of anything, not even the Radley house. This example supports the idea that Jem believes not being scared of anything is being brave. Towards the end of Part 1, Jem states, "'Atticus is a gentleman just like me'" (Lee 131). Jem states this after Atticus shows courage when he takes action and goes to shoot the mad dog. By Atticus doing this it gives Jem a different idea of what bravery. It shows Jem that bravery is someone
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