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Real Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“The rifle cracked. Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk in a brown- and -white heap. He didn’t know what hit him.”. (Lee 80). Harper Lee, author of To Kill A MockingBird advertises true courage as the theme in her novel. On page 80 of the book, a mad dog was roaming the streets of Maycomb and was then spotted by Calpurnia. Lee allowed Atticus to unintentionally show the young children of Atticus Finch and readers what physical courage is. However, the author also uses various characters throughout the novel such as Calpurnia to show the true definition of real courage. Real courage, is not having the ability to do something in order to frighten other(s) or to do something dangerous. Sometimes, real courage is all …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how atticus makes his way out to the jail cells, sensing a lynch mob will hurt tom robinson.
  • Analyzes how harper lee, author of to kill a mockingbird, advertises true courage as the theme in her novel.
  • Analyzes how boo radley is a model of real courage when he saves the children from bob ewell, killing the murderer with his own knife.
  • Analyzes how mrs. dubose bravely leaves her daily doses of morphine and prepares her bare soul for death's carriage to stroll by.
  • Analyzes how atticus displays courage not because he is standing up to a gang of white men or the plaintiff, but the shadows of racial discrimination.
  • Explains that real courage is not necessarily a weapon in hand. boo radley presented true courage by overcoming criticism and hurtful comments to protect loved ones. atticus stands up to racial discrimination.

Sensing a lynch mob, Atticus protects his defendant, Tom Robinson, a negro late one night. Atticus displays real courage not because he is standing up to a gang of white men or the plaintiff, but the shadows of racial discrimination. Readers will mistaken racist white men as the antagonists, however; it’s the aura of racial discrimination which Atticus needs to win over, despite the gossip on streets and threats upon him and his family. “Yeah, she can talk real pretty things sometimes.” (Lee 51). Jem and Scout were contemplating on the mystery giver of gifts left in the knot hole in the oak tree. Jem suggested the secret gift giver is Mrs. Maudie. Despite their young age at the time, they know the gossips about their father, Atticus Finch who is a negro lover.They know Mrs. Maude can “Shut anyone up” (51) because Mrs. Maudie defends their father’s act of justice. Defending a black man for a court case in 1930’s in Maycomb is a dangerous decision. Although Atticus is cognizant his career may come to an end, may end up losing his children, his sense of justice overpowers his sense of

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