In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the characters Jem, Scout, and Atticus exhibit courage numerous times throughout the story. Atticus shows examples of courage through his decision to defend Tom Robinson and the values that he sets for his children. It takes a courageous person to face the negative remarks in the society that he lives in. He risks everything he has to defend a black man who was falsely accused of raping a white woman because he believes it is the right thing to do. “If I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again”.
I can’t shoot that well and you know it!’ ” (127) When Atticus is put in the spot to shoot the dog, it is a courageous act because if Atticus does not kill the dog he knows that it will turn around and attack him due to being rabid it will attack anyone and if Atticus shoots someone’s house he would end up in jail for murder. Another example of how Atticus is courageous was when he stands his ground against a drunk mob trying to kill Tom Robinson. Since Heck Tate is called off on duty, he had no support at all. “ ‘You know what we want’ another man said ‘Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch’ ‘You turn around and go home Walter,’ Atticus said pleasantly.” (202) Atticus risks his own life
At the beginning of the novel, Jem Finch is portrayed as having a childish form of courage where he thought the concept of bravery was accomplishing dares imposed on him. When Dill dared Jem to touch the Radley house, Jem was undecided for a few days as he was terrified of the Radley house, but he also wanted to defend his honour as he had “never declined a dare” according to Scout. He eventually did the dare as he “wanted Dill to know once and for all that he wasn’t scared of anything”. This form of bravery was not respected by the adults in the neighbourhood which is evident from the way Atticus responded when he was told about the children playing in the Radley’s yard. He warned Jem "to mind his own business and let the Radleys mind theirs".
That hero is Atticus, who fights for racial justice. Atticus seems like a sort of “Superman” in the county of Maycomb, as he does many things that other people don’t want to do or can’t do. For instance he is the one who has to take care of a mad dog who is loose on the streets, and he guns it down in one shot. People call Atticus names because he is not racist, and his daughter Scout retaliates against them. “Atticus had promised me he would wear me out if he ever heard of me fighting any more.” (99) Scout thinks.
Hassan has taken the blame for Amir their hole chidhood whilst they shot nuts at the neighbors dog and here he takes the risk of being attacked by Assef in order to get to the fallen kite for Amir. His kindness only emphasises the horror of the scene because it contrasts completely with Amir's inability to step up and protect his friend. Amir only thinks of himself and his want to please his father whilst Hassan thinks only of Amir “for you a thousand times over.” Hosseini doesn't give a detailed description of this scene. Every time it has the potential to become graffic, Amir takes his mind off of the situation. Only about a page and a half reflects the duration and the word ‘rape’ is not used.
But she just spoke her mind, even if it was rude. That is just the way Mrs. Dubose is. And Atticus does have a point when he says that she is brave. She is not only brave, but also courageous because even though Mrs. Dubose knew she was going to die, she still managed to wake herself up everyday and get out of bed. Like Atticus says when he’s talking to Jem, “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.” Your opinion of Mrs. Dubose might change as you read on the book, because in the beginning she comes across as cranky, rude, and an unfriendly old lady that is always looking for peoples flaws and a fight to start.
We know that as, when there is the rat incident, with everybody being scared, Bigger reacts by killing the beast brutally with a skillet. Also, he reacts with violence against White society as he’s scared of them. But, instead of keeping quiet and minding his own business, he feels the need to rob Blum’s, a white mans, store. However, in the end he doesn’t do it as he is in fear of being caught. Again, though he reacts to it by beating Gus, his friend, up using the excuse of Gus being late to get out of their 4mission.
To Kill A Mockingbird Using the theme of discovering courage after reading scarlet ibis, to kill a mockingbird, and shooting an elephant I found a lot of courage that was represented. In To Kill A Mockingbird I noticed that each character displayed courage in their own ways. Most of the courage making situations in To Kill A Mockingbird was revolved around either the case of Tom Robinson, or Scout and Jem. In the case of Tom Robinson Atticus is the courageous one when he takes this case, knowing that he would lose, because Tom Robinson is a black man. Also in To Kill A Mockingbird Jem and Scout show courage by being adventures.
He then tries his very best to hold it all in like Atticus . Even after being scared by it. Atticus is also approached by many men threating to kill him. Even Bob Ewells spat in his face and all he said was “I just wished he didn’t chew tobacco” he said to Jem and Scout. All this so that Jem or Scout wouldn’t be affected by the Maycomb disease
I did not hear him stir again.” p. 64. The composes uses her narrator Scout to create a clear image of a young boy, visibly shaken by his ordeal of retrieving the lost pants therefore reinforcing the degree of courage it must have taken for him to even contemplate undertaking such a feat. Another character who is representative of this theme is Mrs Dubose. The audience is made acutely aware of the depth of her courage in chapter 11 when she finally passes, her death brought on more rapidly because she refused to die whilst addicted to morphine. Atticus tells his son that he wanted him to read to Mrs Dubose so he would understand that real courage was not demonstrated by a gun.