Theme Of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the book To Kill a Mocking Bird there are three main points in the whole book. The points are racism, innocence and courage. Throughout the book Harper Lee hits these points multiple times. Racism, innocence, and courage are the main adjectives used to describe the people of Maycomb. Racism in To Kill A Mockingbird is very common, and it is an important part in the story. Racism is shown by the Caucasians in Maycomb against the African-Americans in many different ways like when the jury convicts Tom Robinson guilty of raping Mayella Ewell. The details of Tom Robinson raping Mayella Ewell are very vague and do not show enough evidence that Mayella Ewell was raped. When the jury of all Caucasian men decide to vote if Tom Robinson is guilty…show more content…
Courage in “To Kill A Mockingbird” is very hard to come by because of all the prejudice remarks and racist comments to the local African-Americans in the story, Atticus although puts aside the differences between white and black people and decides to help a black man in court. This is a very big part of the book, and shows a huge example of courage. In Maycomb finding courage is extremely hard, especially when it has to do with protecting another race that your entire town despises. Another example of courage is when Atticus protects Tom Robinson in the jail room. In the jail room, an angry mob of white men came rushing in to kill Tom Robinson. Atticus, Jem, and Scout stayed in the jail room all night to protect Tom Robinson and could have been killed by the mob. Instead of Scout, Jem, and Atticus running, Jem gets in front of the mob to protect Atticus from the mob. The mob then runs over Jem and Scout gets in their way, Scout then tries to talk some sense into the mob and she succeeds in doing so. This courageous act saved Atticus and Tom Robinson from being killed that night in the jail room. “Don’t you remember me, Mr. Cunningham? I’m Jean Louise Finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one time, remember?” This is a quote from the story on page 153; the quote tells the readers what Scout is trying to convince Mr. Cunningham to go home and away from Atticus and…show more content…
These three themes are the most important themes of the story, they show how Scout grew up from a young girl Tom Boy, to a young woman with understandings of racism and courage. When Scout was younger she never realized how bad racism was, Scout always thought racism was just a thing not to be bothered with and not to deal with. At the end of the story Scout finally realizes the worst of racism, and see’s why Atticus does not want her becoming a true victim to the “Maycomb Disease”. The innocence in Scout also changed throughout the story; in the beginning of the book, Scout did not understand why certain things were said or why certain things were done. She always tried to follow what Atticus told her to do, look in other people’s shoes before judging them, and she did. The older Scout grew in age, the more mature she got. Scout finally realized that Boo Radley was not a monstrous creature or a murderer. She saw the true side of Boo Radley, and she realized he was a gentleman and very sweet. The courage Scout faced and experienced in her life was very detailed in the book. The author explains in every little detail how Scout succeeded in saving Atticus and Tom Robinson from the angry mob. Scout starts to become courageous, in the littlest detail, when she plays the “Boo Radley” game. The point of this game was to touch the “Radley” house and come back to where her friends were located. Racism, innocence, and courage; these are the three

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