To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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Courage is an essential human quality. Facing fears against all odds is a feature in many novels. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is no exception. Many characters depicts the quality. Some in normal situations others, take on terrifying tasks in a unique and original way. Scout, Jem, Atticus, and Ms. Dubose show bravery in many areas of their lives, one character risks their careers, others have a situation that lacks massive consequences. Scout shows courage by standing up to her family defending her own father, when they degrade him for defending Tom Robinson for the rape of a white woman. Her cousin bashes her own blood. Scout stands up for her father. “This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth. My left …show more content…

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what...” (pg. 149).
Courage takes many forms and compared to atticus showing boldness, bravery to Jem and Scout could see as insignificant. It is not any less significant despite the minimal repercussions. There isn't one way to overcome fears. Ms. Dubose proves this showing boldness by defeating a addiction to morphine. She decided to better herself despite the pain and turmoil she encountered by refusing to take morphine. Ms. Dubose was taking the medicine to help relieve her pain, she was terminally ill. Addicted to the medicine she could have died in peace, however she refused to take the drug. Therefore she suffered only for herself before she died. “There are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs” (pg. 288). When aunt Alexandra defends her brother for the first time in the novel, she talks about the relationship Atticus has with the town. He does the right thing, it is what they want to do, but they are afraid to. By standing up for what is right despite them knowing they lost from the minute the case is ever brought to court. It is almost guaranteed they will lose, however they sprint headfirst into the situation undeterred by the effect it will have on their

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