Courage Themes

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Vesovski 1 Charles Vesovski Ms. Nitilet ENG 1D0-H Friday, April 19, 2013 To Kill a Mockingbird Essay It does not take much analysis or deep thinking to figure out why a book that describes life in a small town in the American South remains very popular and extremely relevant more than six decades after it was first published. To Kill a Mockingbird is still an appropriate and interesting read today because of its many timeless themes. Events dealing with the theme of courage fill the book, mostly through the actions taken by Atticus but also by many of the minor characters. The author, Harper Lee, also makes the case for treating people with respect by providing many examples of how prejudice, racial injustice, and class structure build…show more content…
Dubouse, who chooses to suffer and beat her morphine addiction instead of relying on drugs to keep her pain free. It would have been easy for her to keep taking the drugs because she knows that she will die soon. But she accepts the pain because she thinks it is the right thing to do. As Atticus tells the children, “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 and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I knew.” (Lee, 112) We also see that the black community, which knows that Tom will be convicted by the white jury, shows courage by standing by him and his family because it is the right thing to do. The contrast is to the cowards in the white jury who could not find the nerve to do what was…show more content…
The black community treats Mr. Raymond’s mixed race children as outcasts even when they look just like the average black citizen. As Jem tells Scout and Dill, “They don’t belong anywhere. Colored folks won’t have ‘em because they are half white; white folks won’t have ‘em because they’re colored, so they are in-betweens, don’t belong anywhere.” (Lee, 161) The bottom line is that the good, bad, and ugly can be found in all racial groups, all age groups, and in both genders. People are people and the sooner we learned to see our faults and learn to deal with them the better off society will be. Harper Lee’s enduring themes still matter. Although the action in her book takes place in the 1930s, it is meaningful today because courage, empathy and respect are still important societal drivers. More than 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbird was first published its lessons make the book very interesting to readers. To Kill a Mockingbird is still very meaningful because the themes of courage, empathy, respect, and fairness are timeless and will always continue to matter in human society. Vesovski 4 Works Cited Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. New York: Warner Books, Inc.,

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