How Does Lee Present Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear” (Mark Twain), this ties in with Atticus’ and his definition because he masters fear and is resistant to it; he takes the case and is not feared by Bob’s presence. One of the many topics in this book is courage; it is used many times in the novel and in life. It is explained many times in this novel; whether it is through Harper Lee’s use of courage, how courage is defined and the character who exemplifies courage the best. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird courage is expressed by many characters in many different examples. Firstly, Harper Lee makes the point that having a high amount of courage is difficult yet it is a necessity. Jem realizing that Atticus doesn’t boast about his shooting skills and that is a gentleman like. Jem yells to Scout, "Atticus is a gentleman, just like me!" (Lee 131). Jem knows now that just because you can do manly things, such as being a dead-shot, makes you a gentleman. But not being proud and boasting about those shows courage because it is the right thing. However, Scout seeing how courageous Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra are after Tom’s death, lights a light bulb for Scout. She sees and understands it now, ”After all, if…show more content…
Atticus does not just go through the motions of representing Tom Robinson at his trial; instead he does what he knows is right; he defends an innocent man. This puts his own life at risk, as well as the lives of his children. Atticus best exemplifies courage because of his morals and beliefs, they big impact in his decision making and life. The night that Tom has to stay in Maycomb jail, “In ones and twos, men got out of the cars. Shadows became substance as lights revealed solid shapes moving toward the jail door. Atticus remained where he was. The men hid him from view. ‘He in there, Mr. Finch?’ a man
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