The antagonists, society in the fictional town of Maycomb itself, show little courage or pity throughout the story. Atticus finch, the father of the narrator Jean-Louise, expresses courage the most. Shown through his acts of defending whom the antagonists despise, thus going against society itself. The children also present their own acts of courage, when they do the same as their father, whom concurrently taught them his version of courage. A courage without guns, or violence, but rather a courage of words, and the need to protect someone.
What is true courage? According to Atticus Finch, true courage is “when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see through it no matter what” (Lee, 112). Each individual has their own definition of true courage. It can manifest itself in many different forms; it can be through grand, brave acts of heroism or it can be through smaller actions such as standing up for something or someone. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, courage is a very prominent theme.
Atticus was by that definition a very good father. Whenever Scout was mislead by anything, like the legend of Boo Radley or about how grown ups are, or why certain people feel prejudiced about certain people, Atticus was always right there to guide her. Atticus was also a good father because he knew right from wrong. He was different then most of the men in that town, as hard to find as a needle in a haystack. He saw people as people, not black or white.
On the week she died, Atticus explains to her that she suffered from morphine and told her how much of a great lady she was. He said she “died beholden to nothing and nobody” and was the “bravest person [he] ever knew” (112). Atticus teaches his kids about courage defining it by “when you know you are licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what” (112). After Scout figures why Mrs. Dubose was always insane, she feels in awe and is encouraged by her bravery. Scout judged Mrs. Dubose just by seeing what was there instead of understanding the cause of her insolence.
He stands up for justice, even when he knows that there is no possibility of winning. Scout Finch, the offspring of Atticus, also shows signs of courage throughout the novel. She especially shows true courage in dire situations. A character that shows signs of courage that we don’t really notice until the end of the novel is Mrs. Dubose, who is very mean to the kids because of a battle she is fighting on the inside. At a time of racial discrimination, it would be easy just to go with the flow and say no and not take the case of defending Tom Robinson, who was innocent.
What is true bravery? Atticus Finch, in To Kill A Mocking Bird Describes true bravery as “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.” If the ability that enables a person to face difficulty, pain or danger is bravery then in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee through many of her characters shows that true bravery can come in many forms. Therefore there are many characters in the book that have shown bravery in the one of many forms that bravery can exist in, such as childish, moral and physical bravery. The first character that portrayed different kinds of bravery throughout the book is Jem Finch.
Bravery is a very important theme in To Kill A Mockingbird. Many of the main characters show bravery in many different situations. These characters aren't always brave in the same ways, for example Atticus does the right thing even if he knows it won’t work out, Scout does scary things, while Calpurnia is courageous in general. This novel shows how important courage is in real life as well. Atticus is possibly the most courageous character in To Kill A Mockingbird.
Danielle Hernandez Ms. Sickler English 2 2 April 2014 America’s Greatest Hero In To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, there is a great amount of heroism displayed throughout the book, which takes place in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Harper Lee has portrayed true heroes as people who persevere through hardships, even if they know that they will lose. Despite the many heroes throughout the whole book, including Mrs. Dubose and the Finch children, I believe that Atticus Finch is the real hero because he takes the biggest risk of all, but knows that the outcome may not turn out so pretty. Atticus Finch shows, in many ways, the true definition of a hero, but no situation was more important than the Tom Robinson trial. In Maycomb, the thought of taking a negro’s word instead of a white man’s was ridiculous to the citizens, especially over a matter as serious as a black man raping a white woman.
The Crucial Role of Symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird In To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, themes and central ideas of the novel are emphasized by subtle symbols. Symbols shown throughout the novel not only represent concrete objects but also ideas, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes of the characters. Some symbols even represent more than one thing. Lee's recurring use of symbols contribute to the underlying themes and ideas of the novel. Lee's unusual title is a symbol itself and it keeps the reader in anticipation while waiting for a mockingbird to enter the story.
Later on in the story, Jem and Scout encounter the malevolent Mrs. Dubose. When she talks bad about Atticus, Jem decides that the best way to settle things is to destroy Mrs. Dubose's camellias. After Atticus hears about this, he makes Jem read to her every afternoon for a month. Jem and Scout soon find out that Mrs. Dubose was a very sick lady, and took morphine to assuage her pain. It was not until after she died that Atticus explains to Jem and Scout how courageous she was because she knew she was dying but was still determined to die free of her morphine addiction.