Theme Of Cowardice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Everyone in their life has had a moment where they have shown courage and cowardice at least once. Courage and cowardice show what a person is like and how they act. It also shows what a person is willing to do. In To Kill a Mockingbird, courage and cowardice is shown throughout the book in different scenes and characters. One person that shows courage is Atticus. Atticus is jem and scouts father and is one of the nicest and caring person in Macomb,Alabama. He also shows courage throughout the book. “The rifle cracked. Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk and brown and white heat didn't know what hit him”(127). In this part of the book, there is an old dog and nobody wants to kill it. So they give the job to Atticus…show more content…
“ As they had come, in ones and twos the men shuffled back to the ramshackle cars. Doors slammed, engines coughed, and they were gone.”(206). This part shows cowardice because this group of men came to kill Tom, but then backed out at the last minute. One person that shows cowardice is Bob Ewell. Bob Ewell is not very smart and not well respected in the book. He is also the reason why Tom Robinson was on stand in the trial. “ I ran in the direction of Jem's scream and sank into a flabby male stomach. Its owner said Uff! and tried to catch my arms, but they were tightly pinned. His stomach was soft but his arms were like steal his steel. He slowly squeeze the breath out of me. I could not move. Suddenly he was jerked backwards and flung on the ground, almost carrying me with him. I thought Jem's up”(352). Around this time in the book, Jem and Scout were walking home from the play and they were being chased by Bob Ewell. This shows cowardice because Bob tried to take revenge on Atticus kids beside talking to Atticus to try to settle things up. These events and people show cowardice in To Kill a Mockingbird. Courage and cowardice is an important trait in a person. It shows who will stand up for people and who will sit by and be bystanders. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, courage and cowardice shows
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