Examples Of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Courage: How can it change society?
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Mark Twain In our class, we were tasked to read the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, as well as watch the documentary Eyes on the Prize, where we witnessed the death of Emmett Till and the uprising it caused. We read and listened to the I Have a Dream Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The main focus of this unit was the book To Kill a Mockingbird, where Harper Lee writes about the story of two children living in Maycomb during the time of the Great Depression. Maycomb is a city in Alabama where the people who live there demonstrate huge prejudice towards black people. Throughout the story, the children learn valuable lessons which help them mature from children to young adults.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee communicates to her readers, through the characters, that in order to bring about social justice, those in the community must have certain types of courage; physical, moral, and mental courage. In numerous occurrences within the novel, Lee clearly describes that one must have physical courage to stand up for the oppressed, moral courage to do what is morally correct, and mental courage to fight back against psychologically harmful comments.
To start, Harper Lee describes, through the character Atticus Finch, the physical courage that one must have in order to bring about change in social injustice. One day, a rabid dog starts wandering down the
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