In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, her definition of courage is that courage isn't always physical strength. It's when you work through tough tasks despite the possible negative outcome. Lee portrays her definition of courage throughout the story and with these diverse characters. Ms. Dubose fights her morphine addiction. Miss Maudie stays optimistic when her house burns down.
Atticus put his career; actually, his life at risk to save the unlucky black man, Tom Robinson, as the narrator says “Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.” (Lee 266). Atticus is categorized as a courageous man with real courage because with the amount of strength he put in to defend Tom Robinson, he was appreciated by the whole black community, and at the same time take care of his two children perfectly well. Atticus also teaches his kids valuable lessons, the ones that you wouldn’t learn in school; introducing them to the real world, the world with racial segregation.
With only their race against them, the black community is ostracized and not taken into full consideration in the eyes of the law. “As she observes the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout begins to discern differences in class in her hierarchical southern community” (S. Ware). Not only is the justice system prejudiced against blacks, but Scout also begins to understand the social stratifications of her own white social system. This system incorporates the Finches as the highest social class, with people such as the Cunninghams following, then the Ewells, and blacks occupy the bottom of the social pyramid. With no support from the surrounding community, blacks are oppressed and stripped of their true rights.
When Boo was younger a he had a sort of run-in with the law, which in the end made him have to stay at home and never leave because of what thought about him and his family. All he could do was stay in his house and watch the children play. This is how he watched the books two main characters grow up, he watch Jem and Scout Finch grow up without them even knowing. He felt like he needed to protect them, which is something he does over and over again. At first he does small things like fixing Jem’s shorts and putting little surprises in a hole of a tree trunk.
As Nelson Mandela wisely said “ I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee centers around the Finch family and the lessons that both Jem and Scout Finch learn as their father defends a black man accused of rape. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, we see the idea of true courage reflected in Jem Finch’s journey. Harper Lee paints a picture of true courage as it is, and Jem Finch takes this lesson to heart as he sees examples of true courage in his life.
“‘I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but begin anyway and you see it through no matter what”’ (Lee, 112). To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is an unforgettable novel that tells a story of a young girl's childhood in Maycomb County.
“We 're paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It 's that simple.” Harper Lee is best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller 'To Kill a Mockingbird ' In chapter 24,Point of view,character,and tone, develop the theme you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
Innocence and the Mockingbird The mockingbird is a very important symbol in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. In the novel, Jem and Scout are raised by a single father, Atticus, who is also a lawyer. Atticus is given the job of defending a black man, Tom Robinson, in court.
The fox saw a crippled negro man deploying his last strengths, and it preyed on him, mutilating him with each of their seventeen barraging bullets. Everyone in their right mind understands that murder is wrong. However, many southerners of Tom Robinson’s time stood by and watched injustice like his death take place. Others, like Atticus Finch, did not allow bigotry to cloud their judgement and agree that Tom should not have been shot. Tom, a young black man living in Maycomb County Alabama, had been convicted of rape, a capital offense, by a jury biased by his race.
Lee first defines bravery as taking action even though one can be scared. For instance, in the novel Scout runs towards her screaming brother, even though she is scared. Scout and Jem are walking home, in the dark, from their town pageant, when they hear a sound. They know someone was coming after them, so Jem tells Scout to run. “I ran in the direction of Jem’s scream and sank into a flabby male stomach” (351).
Atticus showed moral courage defending a black man when the people in the courtroom continue to wait for the news of guilty. Lee gave Tom Robinson a sad outcome which leads to courage. In the novel, Atticus stated that Robinson is dead to his sister, Aunt Alexandra, and it created a really depressing and sad mood. Lee made the death sound really horrible and in a way to show moral courage in the characters. Atticus described that the guards “...fired a few shots in the air, then to kill.
Dill I was hiding under Scout’s bed and waiting for them to come home. I ran away from home because i was feeling like my mother and “New father” aren’t paying attention to me They just recently got together and are always together and are never just spending time with me. Since they aren’t paying attention to me it seems like they wouldn’t notice if i left them be alone. So i took the train from Meridian to Maycomb Junction, fourteen miles away, and covered the remaining distance on foot and on the back of a wagon.
What is courage? A man named Atticus Finch, a lawyer in Maycomb County, Alabama, is appointed to defend an African American man by the name of Tom Robinson who is accused of raping a white woman in the rural south. He willingly takes the offer. Jem Finch defends his sister after a pageant from Bob Ewell. Bob breaks his arm and Scout gets away.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee vividly illustrates the real meaning of courage, both physical and emotional, through various situations and characters. Jem and Scout mix up courage and strength. They think courage is the ability to use strength to get your way. But c courage in the novel is not about winning or losing. It’s about doing what’s right even when it may be hard and people may not be on your side.
Courage is strength in the face of physical pain, hardship or death. It is also the choice and willingness to confront shame and personal loss. In Harper Lee's novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird', people demonstrate courage by standing up against prejudice, and overcoming their own loneliness and fears to live a good life. Mrs Dubose faces up to her morphine addiction. Atticus faces down the racism of the town.