To Kill A Mockingbird Courage Theme

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“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 you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” (128) Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird was displayed in many different areas, from not following poplar opinion, to trying to overcome an addiction. Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one, or strength in the face of pain or grief. Mrs. Dubose, Atticus Finch, and Boo (Arthur) Radley are three characters who demonstrate the theme of courage. Mrs. Dubose exhibited courage by refusing pain killers to overcome her addiction to morphine. To add to her courage she was dying. She only had to say the word and she could feel less pain, but she had been an…show more content…
However he held his head high. For another example of courage, Atticus felt he could not look his children in the eyes if he did not do the right thing and help Tom. Atticus stayed strong and courageous through the scorn, spite, and hatred of society. “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” (115-116). Boo (Arthur) Radley established great courage in the face of danger, when Jem and Scout were attacked by Mr. Ewell. Boo ran out to help them. Boo saved them by stabbing Mr. Ewell with his own knife, killing Mr. Ewell. He risked his own life to save the children. Another way Boo portrayed courage was, that he left his house. He had stayed in his house away from the public’s eye for many years. Yet he came out to save Scout and Jem. Boo seemed a crazy man, but proved to be a courageous hero. In conclusion Mrs. Dubose, Atticus Finch, and Boo (Arthur) Radley are three characters who demonstrated the theme of courage. By overcoming a life of addiction, defying society’s opinion, and saving someone’s life at their own
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