Courage is the ability to do something that frightens one. It is one of the recurring and essential themes shown throughout Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Three characters in particular demonstrate their courage and bravery multiple times throughout the story. Most of the characters could be described as courageous and brave, but these three stand out the most. These bold, fearless and valiant characters are Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Mrs. Dubose. Atticus is one of the main characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird” who defines courage and bravery by attempting to do something that seems nearly impossible. He decides to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of assaulting and raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. By taking this case, …show more content…
He gave gifts to Jem and Scout and also protected and saved them when they were being attacked by Bob Ewell. Scout says, “Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives” (278). Boo and the Finches have never talked before, yet he risked his life for Jem and Scout. He managed to step out of his comfort zone for the benefit of others. Boo Radley, also known as Arthur Radley, is not recognized well enough for his heroic and valiant actions in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Every person has more than just external bravery. Mrs. Dubose demonstrates this by fighting her internal battle of her morphine addiction. She had enough courage and determination to become free of her illness before she died. She asked Jem to help her by reading to her every night. She believed it would be a distraction from her addiction and also made her happier when she was bed ridden. Atticus says, “Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew”
Bravery can be demonstrated in many ways. The most common way we see it today is in movies or books by a hero facing a villain who is much more powerful than themselves. However, bravery can be much more. It can be killing a spider despite having an extreme fear of the insect or speaking your mind knowing there will be backlash. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Mrs. Dubose demonstrates an entirely different kind of bravery, and one which may be the bravest of all, she stands up to pain in the face of death in order to be a better person.
Dubose aren’t the only characters who show courage in the book. I also believe that Boo Radley shows acts of courage, especially at the end of the novel where he saved both Jem and Scout from Mr. Ewell. Boo had the strength and courage to go outside of his safe haven after years of being inside. He risked the chance of being seen outside in public to save two kids. Mr. Tate says, “To my way of thinking, Mr. Finch, taking the one man who's done you and this town a great service and dragging' him with his shy ways into the limelight-to me.
Abigail Poore 1st period 10/29/15 There are many examples of courage in To Kill a Mockingbird. Courage means having the confidence to do something. The three main characters that show courage are Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and Jem Finch. All the characters show courage, just in different ways. First, Atticus shows courage by defending a black, and no one in the town agrees with his decision.
Boo gave Scout and Jem things as a way of making friends with them. Boo, a man afraid of social interaction, still tries to make friends and in the process used his good morals to give up some of his possessions to foster in a new relationship with Scout and Jem. Boo Radley shows that he has strong morals
In To Kill a Mockingbird many of the characters showed courage. Courage means to do something that can be hard or scary. Characters that showed courage were Scout, Boo Radley, and Atticus. Scout shows courage in many different ways throughout the book.
“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” (Lee 149). 4. This is what Atticus wanted Jem to learn from the death of Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose turned out to be a courageous older woman who happened to be a morphine addict.
To Kill a Mockingbird Final Essay In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee makes it clear that courage means several different things. She uses Atticus, Jem and Scout to showcase the different means courage. To begin with, Jem is a courageous character in the novel.
It took great courage to stand up for blacks back in that time. Atticus Finch was very courageous to stand up for a man who had done no wrong; many people gave him grief for doing his job. There is indeed great courage in this story, not only Atticus’s defense, but in others such as Mrs. Dubose for battling her morphine addiction, and Dill for running away after his parents lost interest in him. In the novel,To Kill a Mockingbird, courageous acts are seen throughout the course of the story, which makes the story far more exciting and adventurous.
#1 Courage was also shown by Mrs. Dubose in To Kill A Mockingbird. She was a stubborn old lady who would say rude things every time Jem or Scout passed by her house. Morphine was her addiction, and since Jem ruined all of her camellia bushes after receiving many insults from her, his punishment was to read to her and have Scout join as well. Later we find out that Jem and Scout read to her for a certain amount of time, and during that time period she was without morphine. She wanted to wean off of morphine, as that seemed to be her dying wish.
Most of them, if not all, showed true courage by standing up for what they believe in and keeping their heads up high. Harper Lee uses many scenes and key characters to develop the theme of real courage for instance, Jem, Atticus, and Miss Maudie go through a journey to discover, understand and to show that real courage is mental courage in the face of physical and emotional torment. Particularly, Harper Lee uses Jem Atticus Finch to show that courage means pushing through even though you know have already lost. In Chapter 11, Jem and Scout had many encounters with Mrs. Dubose.
Jem had the conception that courage was a “manly man”, a man that was tough and could fight. However, using Ms. Dubose as an example, she explained a new type of courage to Jem. Ms. Dubose knew that her struggle was close to impossible to win, as many people failed to break addictions, yet she still tried to fight it, and winning at the end. The courage to do so was considered, by Atticus, real courage. This was also demonstrated by Liu Xiaobo.
This is also a brave act. Boo collects up Jem and rushes him to Atticus' house. Boo enters the house with the boy. He has not had human contact other than his brother for many years, so this took much courage. One of the bravest things he does is to touch Jem and to allow Scout to allow him to hold her arm as they walk home.
Final Essay Outline: Thesis Statement/opening paragraph: In the story To Kill A Mockingbird, discrimination and the act of being prejudice is common among the main characters, on both the receiving and serving end. Certain characters, like Scout and Jeremy Finch, Bob Ewell, and the town folk truly create the main problem and set the theme of the story. For example, when Bob Ewell accuses Atticus Finch of being an african-american lover, because he is defending Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, according to Bob. Boo Radley is accused of being dead by Scout, Jem and Dill.
In the end of the book when Scout offers to walk Boo home he is able to reflect on all the times he has been watching out for Scout and Jem. He knows in his heart that he only wanted the best for the two children and now that he has stepped out of his shadow he can really feel complete with his life choices towards the children. In relation to Boo finally emerging from his house; Boo saves the kids from Bob Ewell. When Scout and Jem were being attacked by Bob no one could’ve known what was happening or that they were in danger. Boo made it eminent to the kids that he had all along been watching out `for them when he runs out and saves their lives; returning Jem home safely as well as Scout in the process.