The Theme Of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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In the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee has many different central themes that stood out in the story. Examples are growing up, racism, and mockingbirds. Courage is something that many of the characters express throughout the novel. According to Atticus, “Courage is when you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” (Lee 116).The dictionary definition of courage is the quality of mind that enables one to face danger with confidence, resolution, and gain firm control of oneself. Many characters in the novel show courage all which comes in different ways. As a young child, Scout thinks courage is some type of physical act that involves danger. Scout shows an act of emotional courage. She endures courage on her first day of school; she takes it as her responsibility to inform her teacher Ms. Caroline of Walter Cunningham’s situation. Although she is scolded for her ability to read, she still feels the need for leadership. Scout shows maturity for her age and this allows her to act upon her courage rather than overcome its existence. She also suppresses petty fears that…show more content…
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