To Kill A Mockingbird Essay On Courage

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Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery (“Courage”). Courage is something that is developed by people and not something that everyone has. Courage is what makes some people heroes. Courage is unusual and something that is extraordinary, it should not be lost. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, courage is out of the ordinary and evokes much emotion because of its unfamiliarity to some. One example of courage is Mrs. Dubose. When Jem was about to go to her house to read to her as he has for a while, Atticus stopped him and explained, “‘She’s dead, son . . . She’s not suffering anymore. She was sick for a long time. . . Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict . …show more content…

This is courage because Boo saved the children in the middle of an attack and killed the aggressor. He also came out of his house and faced all of the negative rumors about him. He faces danger, making him courageous. This evokes much emotion in Scout, Atticus, Heck Tate, and the reader. Scout feels appreciative because Boo saved her life. Atticus feels grateful as well because he saved his child. Heck Tate is induced with shock because he is a sheriff and a believer of the rumors. He is shocked because nobody thought Boo had it in him to kill someone and he is the one who was in charge of finding out what happened. Overall they all are evoked with astonishment. Astonished because they encountered Boo after hearing rumors about him and were afraid of him. Courage is not something to be underestimated. The biggest example of courage is when Atticus defends Tom Robinson in court. When Scout first acquires about the trial Atticus states, “‘I’m simply defending a Negro- his name’s Tom Robinson.’” (Lee 100). This is courage because had to overcome many things because of his choice of defending a black man. He encounters a mob with Mr. Cunningham with the intention of killing him (Lee

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