To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes To Show Courage

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As the famous radio show host Dennis Prager once said ¨Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, and moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. ” His wise words are shown throughout the book To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee. Which is about life during the 1930’s, the great depression. The characters named Scout and Jem live in a neighbourhood of mystery, where everyone has to follow societal expectations. The kids unravel the prejudice and discrimination while exposing the cruel treatment of the town. In the novel courage is portrayed by a character being brave in a hazardous situation to help others. This is demonstrated several times throughout the novel …show more content…

The first place courage appears in the book is when the three kid’s curiosity get the best of them and ventured to the Radley's yard. While they were venturing through the yard, Mr Radley shot at them and escaping, “Jem held the bottom wire; Dill and I [Scout] rolled through” (71-72). In the passage, the thematic idea of courage is conveyed through Jem’s actions as the oldest and most responsible. Jem holds the fence up so Dill and Scout could get through even though he is also in danger, so instead of the selfish nature native to human behavior, he employs a selfless nature which is him putting others before him. He employed bravery and leadership throughout the whole scene. Being brave and calm in a fragile situation may be the difference between life and …show more content…

Another example of courage is during the old serum gang scene, Atticus Finch, the father of Scout and Jem, sat in front of his client in his jail cell, reading the newspaper when a group of farmers who have a reputation of being intoxicated approached him. The gang threatened Atticus, but Atticus stayed strong, he maintained his calm collected attitude and tried to reason with the gang. Scout described the encounter as: “We saw Atticus look up from his newspaper. He closed it, folded it deliberately, dropped it in his lap, and pushed his hat to the back of his head. He seemed to be expecting them.” (201). In This scene, Atticus maintained his cool and used slow easy to follow actions to control the situation that he knew was inevitable. He demonstrates courage because he calmly folded his newspaper and stood up slowly which demonstrates bravery because this shows that he is standing up to the gang, instead of fleeing from the danger and saving himself. This is a dangerous situation because he knows the gang have weapons in their possession which is a precursor to violence and danger. Bravery is also demonstrated is that he tries to reason with the gang even though it is like reasoning with the reaper. In danger there are two types of people the bystander and the person who takes the matter into their own

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  • Analyzes how dennis prager's wise words are shown throughout the book to kill a mockingbird by harper lee, which is about life during the 1930’s, the great depression.
  • Analyzes how harper lee uses jem's responsibility to demonstrate courage with his split-second decisions and selfless actions.
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