Explore the Significance of Courage in the Novel.(to Kill a Mockingbird)

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Explore the significance of courage in the novel.(To kill a Mockingbird) You must consider the context of the novel and use evidence from the text to support your answer.omg Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird explores how courage can be shown by important characters in the novel. To begin with, Mrs Henry Lafayette Dubose is one of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird who represents a lot of courage. She continuously yells at Jem and Scout, telling them that Atticus is, “no better than the niggers he works for” (pg113). Her insulting comments made Jem ruin her camellias. To compensate for this, Atticus made Jem go to read to Mrs Dubose until she was satisfied; however, this was a distraction as we learnt that Mrs Dubose was a morphine addict. Also, (UK essays 2003-2015) tells us that her ‘last wish was to conquer that addiction so that she could ‘leave this world beholden to nothing and nobody. (pg. 123) Atticus tells Jem that courage is not ‘a man with a gun in his hand’, but it is ‘when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.’ (pg. 124) Atticus had wanted Jem to see that real courage is when you carry on with what you are doing even though you know you are fighting a losing battle. Mrs Dubose pulled through with her last wish of conquering her morphine addiction, even though the withdrawal would be extremely difficult’. Furthermore, Atticus Finch also shows courage in the novel. He shows a lot of courage by defending a Black man in the Maycomb society even though, he knows just how discriminating Maycomb is and that he would lose the case. My research on the context of the novel, (Sparknotes 2015) tells me,’ In 1931, when Lee was five, nine young black men were accused of raping two white women near Scottsboro, Alabama’. Atticus; knew that many of the white people living in
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