Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird Book title: To Kill a Mockingbird Author: Harper Lee

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Courage, you have probably heard of this word before but what does it actually mean? Well, according to, an online dictionary, courage means the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, courage is evidently portrayed when Atticus does what no white man would ever dare to do in those days, lest they be scorned by the community. Atticus had the courage to stand up for a Negro, a black, Tom Robinson. This happened in chapter 17 to chapter 22.

Courage, to me previously was just being brave and nothing else. However, after reading about Atticus’ act of standing up for Tom Robinson, I realized that courage is actually more than bravery. It is also daring to do what no other person would have done. It is about taking risks, regardless of the outcome, that you will do your best.

Atticus had himself subjected to the exile of majority of the white community after he took that risk of standing up for Tom Robinson.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, courage is described in different ways.

"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." Chapter 11, Page 118. Harper Lee portrays courage in this manner, to explain for Atticus’ defending of Tom Robinson later on in the story. Harper Lee also portrays courage in this way, such that she tells the readers that courage is not of a physical thing, like shooting the mad dog, but rather, on a more intellectual scale.

“The one...