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To Kill A Mockingbird Courage

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Courage is a difficult thing for people to do in real life. Some people may say courage is people who have strong bodies and hearts. The others would say it is someone who tells the truth instead of avoiding it. In To Kill A Mockingbird courage is presented by standing up to your fears and helping people that need help. Early in the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem shows courage by touching Boo Radley’s porch. “In the waning moonlight I saw Him swing his feet to the floor. “I'm going after them he said. I sat upright, you can't I won't let you. He was struggling into his shirt, I've got to. You do and i'll wake Atticus. You do and i'll kill you.” Jem lost his pants on the Radley fence by making a raid on the property in the hope of catching a glimpse of Boo from the back window of the Radley House. Atticus would demand to see the pants the next morning, so Jem knew he had to get them back. He also didn't want to lose Atticus's trust in him, or be punished further. This is an example of curage because Jem knew if he didn’t show Atticus the pants the next morning Atticus would had been really mad, so he decided to go back for…show more content…
Dubose demonstrates another kind of courage. Atticus tells Jem “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. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” Here is an old woman who, we discover, is addicted to morphine. She is rude, and prejudiced; however, she also has a kind of inner strength which enables her to kick a long-time addiction in order to die free. It is very courages of Jem to read to and abusive person like Mrs. Dubose, but it makes Jem a better person by knowing his mistakes and going through a punishment especially with an abusive person that gave you a
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