Courage in to Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee explores how fearlessness can be shown through the characterization of Atticus, Scout, and Jem. As Scout and Jem portray more of a strength and physical bravery, while Atticus is portrayed with more of the characteristics of mentally fighting for what is right regardless of whether you are going to win or lose. Atticus’ challenge is the Tom Robinson case, Scout has to find a way to overcome all of the things people want her to be and just be herself, while Jem has to find a way to muster up the gut to mess with the Radley family. Atticus represents fearlessness because he is able to pass up any mean thing anyone says to him and act like it did not bother him. For example, when Bob Ewell spit on him and Atticus did not retaliate. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to rise above Mr. Ewell’s level of immaturity. Atticus also shows courage when he represents Tom Robinson in a trial. The Tom Robinson case was so intrepid because in that time and age it was frowned upon to represent a black man in a trial, but Atticus reminds the kid to never give up no matter what situation you are presented with: “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” (84). Scout represents fearlessness by always being herself no matter what anyone else says about her. For instance, she always dresses like a boy in overalls and a t-shirt and according to Jem, Scout has “been reading ever since she was born” even though she had never gone to Scharff 2 school. This is highly unordinary, and not exactly smiled upon in all of Scout’s encounters. Another example of Scout showing fearlessness is whenever Scout would walk by Mrs. Dubose’s house and Mrs. Dubose would say mean things to Scout, Scout would just keep on going and act like it never happened. It takes extreme courage to let mean words
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