Atticus Show Courage

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, Atticus says to Jem that he wants his son “to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand” (pg.149). I think Atticus was trying to tell him that even though he was the man with the gun in his hand and Jem thought he had the courage, that’s not always the way you have to see it. He wanted Jem to know that there are other ways you can show courage. In this novel, I think Harper Lee is trying to say the even though Atticus did have the courage when he was holding the gun to shoot the dog, that doesn 't mean that having a gun in your hand is the only way that you 'll have courage.I think the character that had to show the most courage was…show more content…
I believe that Dill, Jem, and Scout all had the courage when they went up to Boo Radley 's house that night. Although Jem was frightened by the gunshots and losing his pants, he still kept his courage and went back to get his pants before anyone knew it was him who had been snooping around. Jem also had to have the courage when he was telling Scout about what had happened that night. Dill had to have courage to go with Jem to the Radley house as well that night. In the novel, Harper Lee also says how Scout was acting too much like a girl so she couldn 't hang out with Dill and Jem, but she had the courage to go to the Radley house when she could have just stayed home and let Dill and Jem go all by themselves. I think that Jem, Dill, and Scout are really afraid of him but the novel say “the Radley Place fascinated Dill”(pg.10). They think that Boo Radley is mean and that he attacked his dad. And I think Scout is the most afraid of him because she is the youngest and Jem tells her things that people have told him about Boo Radley and Scout believes they are true. Up until Miss Maudie was talking to Scout about Boo Radley, Arthur Radley, she was highly afraid of him. In conclusion, I think the reason why Harper Lee says that Atticus wants Jem “to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand” (pg.149), is because anybody can have courage and just because Atticus did have the courage when he was holding that gun, there are plenty ways you can show that you have courage. And he wanted Jem to know
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