What Is The Growth Of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Sam Hauser
Mockingbird Essay
Honors English 9C Period 6
29 April 2016
The Growth of Courage Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird takes the reader on a journey through an eventful series of summers for the Finch family, and the entire city of Maycomb Alabama. As the story progresses many characters are introduced, each of which represent a different lesson that the main character Scout must learn. Examples of this would be Atticus Finch who represents wisdom and protection, Jeremy “Jem” Finch is representative of courage at the beginning, but as the story unfolds he becomes a symbol of maturity and coming of age, and Miss Dubose who lives an unfortunate life controlled by a morphine addiction and proves to Scout that true courage can be found
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These range from touching the Radley house to a woman with a morphine addiction. The first instance of Scout believing she has seen real courage is when Jem goes and touches the Radley house. Dill has joined Jem and Scout for their summer adventures and soon learns the tale of Boo Radley. Dill quickly dares Jem to go and touch the house, and not wanting to run out on a dare Jem goes to touch the house. “Touch the house, that’s all? [...] Sure that’s all now? I don’t want you hollerin’ something different the minute I get back” (14). To the children this is one of the bravest things you can do. Their fear of Boo radley led them to believe that anything that might attract any attention from him could lead to death, and because of this they are amazed when Jem was willing to complete the task. As the children matured throughout the book so did their views on courage. What impressed them once was special no more and now the with the help of Atticus they realized what true courage is. Miss Dubose is considered by Scout and Jem to be the meanest woman alive. This mean demeanor could mostly be attributed to the fact that she had suffered with a morphine addiction for a long time. Miss Dubose understood that she would die soon but before she went out she wanted to end her addiction. This was what truly impressed Atticus. An old woman who had been crippled by addiction had the strength and will to try and…show more content…
As it is one of the most important themes it is worked into many different parts using characters to parallel the mockingbird. The theme is first explained in the literal sense of actually killing a mockingbird. Atticus tells the children that if they get tired of shooting only tin cans with their air rifles, which he knows they will, they could shoot all the blue jays they wanted to but had to remember that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. The children are puzzled by this statement and ask for an explanation with Miss Maudie is happy to provide. “Your father’s right, [...] Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (90). Killing a mockingbird is considered a sin because they haven’t done anything to deserve being shot. As Miss Maudie states they don’t destroy things, they don’t disturb us, and they always make music for us to enjoy. There are also strong parallels between the case of Tom Robinson and this theme. Tom Robinson is being convicted for a crime he didn’t commit and will be wrongly convicted. Many people found it immoral and almost disgusting that a person could be treated like that. All Tom Robinson did was work to make the lives of others and his family better. “I know all that Scout. It was the way he said it made me sick,
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