Compare To Kill A Mockingbird And All The Light We Cannot See

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Michelle Kim Mr. Colgate 09/12/2017 CL LIT The Impetus of All Deeds Courage can prop up a society. Both Rosa Park's bold refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and Atticus Finch's brave defense of Tom Robinson, an African American wrongfully accused of raping a white women, in To Kill a Mockingbird are the vivid examples of courageous actions as a spur to justice, peace and progress for the entire society. Both rebels mustered up the inhuman courage to fight the social mores of the time and sparked a permanent change. In Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, the cause of both blind obedience and upright valor lies in the significance of courage as a driving force in the decisions …show more content…

Von Rumpel is not intrinsically different from Werner in his love of his family when he reminisces "how much [his own daughter] would love to see a city on a table...and say 'Let's imagine us,'' while searching desperately for the Sea of Flames (309). Albeit an epitome of evil and immorality, Von Rumpel is compelled by his selfless desire to live forever with his family, even to the point of risking his own life. Other characters exhibit moral courage in their rightly defiant attitudes. When Etienne intriguingly asks, "[The resistance movement] will happen even now? Without Madame?", he emphasizes Madame's distinguished and renowned stance in the forefront of the subtle but significant resistance against the Germans, fully acknowledging the moral courage of the likes of housemaids and socially inferior women who conduct small acts of defiance that eventually merge into great movement of resistance (322). In a similar vein, Werner “cover[s] the signal meter with his palm" in Saint-Malo to save Marie who strikingly resembles Jutta out of moral courage and in defiance of the Nazis, gifting her with a prosperous life with her loved ones as well as an eminent career, a potent testament to what a single act of courage can

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