To Kill A Mockingbird Analytical Essay On Courage

Courage in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless novel that has been both accepted and refused by many readers. To Kill a Mockingbird took place is a town called Maycomb. It is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, otherwise known as Scout, who learns how to deal with many things in her life. While learning to deal with racism, injustice, and criticism, she also finds courage being showed by many of her role models. The theme courage is best depicted through Boo Radley, Scout and Atticus.

Boo Radley portrayed courage very effectively throughout the novel. In one situation Boo appeared to save Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell, who was attacking them when they were coming back from the Halloween festival. Boo showed courage…show more content…

This shows bravery because Boo knows if he gets caught he will have to go through even more severe consequences. Boo has showed many courageous acts but Scout is not far along from the path of courageousness.

In a smaller perspective, Scout had shown courage in many places in the novel. For instance, she showed courage when Atticus had asked Scout not to fight anyone. She was being asked to change how she reacted negatively to people’s comments. This showed a lot of bravery because Scout used to fight a lot, but since she promised Atticus that she wouldn’t fight anymore she stuck to her word because she didn’t want to disappoint Atticus. Another example is when she continues to learn how to read and write with Atticus even if she gets scolded by her teacher. She shows courage because she is going against what her teacher had told her. Finally, she acts like an ambassador on the first day of school. She has the guts to act like someone really important. Being a follower of her fathers’ character traits, she hasn’t learned the true meaning of courage that her father, Atticus displays.

This one man, who had been extremely courageous from the start of the novel to the end, was Atticus Finch. Firstly he defended the Tom Robinson case like no other. This takes lots of courage because Tom was a black man accused of raping a white woman. It was a white

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Summary: Atticus, Mrs. Dubose and Boo Radley were characters that all displayed tremendous courage in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Atticus willingly defended a black man; Mrs. Dubose tried to break her morphine addiction; and Boo Radley saved Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell.


To Kill A Mockingbird was a mixture of sorrow and suspense in Alabama during the 1930s. During this period of time there were a lot of prejudice people. It took real courage and bravery to do what some of these people did through the uneasy circumstances. Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo Radley showed many examples of such courage.

Atticus proved, in my opinion, to be the most courageous in the book. He went against the town and willingly defended Tom Robinson, a black man. Atticus took the ridicule and remarks from many of the town's people. Even though all of the racism and hate, he did his best to defend Tom. He said, "If I didn't I couldn't hold my head up in town, I couldn't represent this country in legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do somehting"(75).

Another person who showed exceptional courage was Mrs. Dubose. She bravely attempted to break her addiction to morphine. Even when she knew chances were slim, she tried anyway. Atticus desvribes her as the bravest person he knew. He describes courage, "It's when you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what"(112).

Along with Atticus and Mrs. Bubose, Boo Radley did the final act of courage. Boo single-handedly saved Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell. He risked the chance of being publicly seen after all those years of hiding behind those dark walls. It was like what Mr. Tate said, "All the ladies in Macomb includin' my wife'd be knocking on his door bringing angel food cakes. To my way of thinkin', Mr. Finch, taking hte one man who's done you and this town a great service and draggin' him with his shy ways into te limelight-to me. that's a sin. It's a sin and I'm not about to have it on my head"(276).

With these many acts of courage shown by Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo Radley, inspiration was added to the noel, There was also a sense of mingled loyalty of the characters. In short, the valiant display of bravery and courage played a key role in hte foudation of the novel's overall moral to hurt an innocent and good person is to sin for they do nothing to hurt us.

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