Topic: What other ways are courage represented in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird?

Essay by Year12StudentHigh School, 10th gradeA+, May 2004

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'"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun.'" There were many examples of courage throughout the novel, 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. Atticus showed a lot of courage, not so much physically but mentally as well. This is what many others were like, such as Jem, Scout, Dill, Mrs. Dubose, Boo Radley and Mr. Link Deas. Atticus stood out the most with his courage, which set a good example for his children, Jem and Scout.

'"...didn't you know his nickname was 'Ol one-shot Finch when he was a boy?"(Pg. 108)' Atticus displayed courage physically when he shot Tim Johnson, a mad dog, who was dangerous to the town. Atticus doesn't speak much of his past because he wants his children to grow up knowing that courage isn't always shown physically but mentally too. Atticus shows another type of courage when he defends Tom Robinson for rape because Tom is black and Atticus is going to try and win this case, whereas others wouldn't bother trying.

He puts up a good fight and protects Tom from a mob. In particular, Atticus stays at the jailhouse overnight and when the mob come to kill Tom, Atticus steps forward to make sure no harm comes to Tom. Eventually the mob back down and drive off with the help of Scout showing courage.

'"Do you remember me, Mr. Cunningham? I'm Jean Louise Finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one time, remember?"(Pg. 169)' At this stage Scout gets the courage to stand in front of the mob and talks about everyday things, when the mob wants to harm Atticus to kill Tom. This speech by Scout reminded them how they, too, have kids and can relate their...