Courage Seen in to Kill a Monkingbird

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We see courage through the deeds of firemen, police officers, doctors, and soldiers. We often don’t look at the minuscule deeds of everyday life. Everyone has the opportunity to be courageous but what really matters is whether or not that person takes the opportunity. Courage is the ability to take a stand for something you believe in. 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”. Another example of Atticus’s’ courage is his ability to raise his children even when he is full engaged in Tom Robinson’s case. He still has the time to raise his children and teach them the right morals like “You never really understand a person a person until you consider things from his point of view”. He teaches his children to respect themselves and others, try to do what’s right, and what true courage is. Atticus defines true courage as when you fight for what is right regardless of whether you win or lose and demonstrates it multiple times in the novel. Jem demonstrates courage when he tries to stop Bob Ewell from harming Scout. He tells Scout to run while trying to help her escape but ends up getting hurt. He also shows courage when refusing to leave Atticus alone at the jail cell in chapter 15. Scout was the one that truly got the men to leave but if Jem had not refused
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