Theme Of Being A Hero In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“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 fear”(Nelson Mandela). This means that a hero is someone that protects without thinking, even if they are afraid. They put aside their fears for the sake of others. Mandela believed that all people should be equal and he worked towards this goal facing fear even if it meant being punished. Similar to what Nelson Mandela said, in the book, Maus,, by Art Spiegelman, a hero sacrifices himself for someone who they are close to, no matter the consequences. Additionally, the heroes in the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, also sacrifice themselves in order to protect others. Specifically, Vladek protects Anja in Maus and Atticus protects his children in To kill A Mockingbird. In nature, being a hero and protecting their…show more content…
A lioness will protect her cubs without thinking and worrying about consequences. In both books which are very different, the common theme is being a hero and protecting others even if it means facing their fears and punishment. One characteristic of a hero is showing bravery and protecting others before themselves, like Jem from TKAM. On the night of the school pageant when Jem and Scout were walking back to their house they heard somebody following them. Once Jem realized it was Mr. Ewell walking behind them and eventually running at them to attempt to hurt them, Jem had to protect Scout and himself. He fought Mr. Ewell as hard as he could until Mr. Ewell broke Jem's arm. He is only thirteen but he threw himself out in front of a grown man who had a knife, to protect his sister. Another example of a hero is being calm and collected in a stressful
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