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Real Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper uses the character of Atticus to explain that real courage derives from believing in good morals despite the criticisms of society. Atticus explains to Jem that Mrs. Dubose, despite judging Atticus’ decisions in defending Tom Robinson’s innocence, has just as much courage as him, and she passes away with no remorse or regret for the decisions she makes throughout her life, just as Atticus plans to do. Atticus makes this clear to Jem, “She had her own views about things, a lot different from mine, maybe… I wanted you to see what real courage is… It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what… According to her views, she dies beholden to nothing and…show more content…
So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly do” (Lee 292-293). Atticus displays courageousness by receiving the frustrations of the defeated and ashamed Mr. Ewell to teach a valuable lesson to his children about the true definition of courage. Real courage, defined by Atticus, means having the ability to present your views and opinions, whether socially accepted or denied, and stand with them through the most difficult of times because, in the end, good triumphs over evil. Atticus’ will to remain dedicated to his beliefs, despite resentment from the majority of Maycomb, strictly to teach his children how they should think when they one day might stand in his shoes and defend an innocent man who has no chance of winning a one-sided court case, show the courage in his soul in times of need. Lee demonstrates the true definition of courage by spreading a message of kindness and compassion, and by acting in these ways, courage acts a catalyst for positive change in a world where negativity and evil triumphs over positivity and good, and she provided a positive change to the wrongdoers of the white Southern
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