Theme Of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Courage: To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee. It takes place in the 1930’s. The setting is set around a small southern town in Alabama called Maycomb. It is there that the reader learns there are struggles with serious issues of ignorance, hypocrisy, rape and racial inequality. Courage is a strong theme in To Kill a Mockingbird. The author displayed the idea of courage through characters such as the main characters, Atticus Finch, Jem and Scout. Harper Lee teaches us that real courage comes from inside the heart, not just "a man with a gun in his hand.” At the same time, the author shows real courage is to standing up for what someone believes in if this could put something precious in risk "when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what" (pg. 112). Jem and Scout learn a lesson that most people in Maycomb don’t seem to realize and that is that courage is more than just strength, it is resilience and faith in doing the right thing which nine times out of ten is the most difficult thing to do. Using courage to make the right decisions involves thinking mindfully about what's right instead of relying on personal prejudice, gut reaction, cultural conditioning and then doing what's right whether you succeed or not keeping in mind that worry gets in the way of courage, “It is not time to worry yet” says Atticus to Scout meaning that it never is time to worry.

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