Courage Is Stepping Out of the Boundaries of Society

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“[Courage is] when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (Lee 149). In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, courage is an obvious overlapping theme that portrays radical, determined characters that have the willingness to defy common views. Likewise in The Help by Katheryn Stockett, the reader sees what happens when people persevere against the evils of society and take steps for the good of all. In both texts, the reader can see that courage is doing what is right without worry of the repercussions or opinions of others. First, in To Kill a Mockingbird, the author displays several characters that act sacrificially regardless of any consequence. To begin, Atticus decides to do all that he can in order to win Tom Robinson’s case. Since this case was so controversial, Atticus was not only putting himself at risk, but also his family. In the novel, Scout and Jem come to Atticus saying that a classmate of theirs has been saying mean things about him, and he responds “this time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fi...

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