Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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To Kill A Mockingbird; Licked Before You Begin It is the 1930s in a small town in Alabama, Maycomb County to be specific. The Great Depression is in full swing, people are dirt poor, slavery is abolished but segregation is not. “ To Kill a Mockingbird ” written by Harper Lee is a fictional book, nevertheless it takes the reader through a journey of truth, justice and courage. In the story we met Atticus Finch a lawyer for the fine town folk of Maycomb County and perhaps the towns true moral compass. Through the narrative of the story by his daughter Scout, we see the true value of what one man can do. In everyday life there will be defining moments that will test your character and which side of the fence you stand on. Courage…show more content…
He also shares with Jem, “Courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what” (149). Atticus is telling his children to realize courage is not only holding a gun or using your fists. That there are other types of courage much stronger than guns like facing emotional and physical pain. As with Mrs Dubose, sure she was an old lady with a spiteful tongue, “Not only a Finch waiting on tables but one in the court house lawing for nigger!” (135). Mrs. Dubose was dying and she was addicted to morphine. Jem’s outburst was her gain, yes he destroyed her property but Atticus needed Jem to see why she was so miserable. After she passed away, Atticus shared with his children that Mrs. Dubose had the courage to go off the morphine, to die on her own terms. Jem’s attack on her camellia bushes in pure frustration of how she talked to them was truly, her gain. As punishment Jem had to go and read to her and that was the time she withdrew from her addiction. Jem actually help her more than he knew and Atticus needed Jem to see her courage and to accept why she said the things she did. Sure Atticus was not equipped to teach Scout etiquette or play tackle football like younger fathers and maybe at the time it was not your typical childhood up bringing. However Atticus was teaching his children lessons in life that would support them in the future and making them amazing individuals.

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