How Does Miss Maudie Use Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Paul Barr 12/14/10 English 2 Mockingbird Essay Essay Section “Later, / if you faced the death of bombs and bullets / you did not do it with a banner, / you did it with only a hat to / cover your heart,” (Sexton). In the poem Courage, Sexton is saying that to do something courageous is to do something because it’s the right thing to do. She cautions that courage is not about the “banner”, rather, courage is a moral obligation. In many cases in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses courage to define the characters. The story set in the 1930’s is about a girl named Scout whose dad is a lawyer and takes on a grueling case with a black man named Tom Robinson accused of raping a white woman. Jem, Atticus, and Miss Maudie show…show more content…
The party’s conversations are very racist. Bad things about Atticus are said because he isn’t there to defend himself; like how he is defending a black person. Some bad things are said about the case too. The whole case brings up their scorn for Atticus, while they are in his house! Even though there is a lot of trash-talking going on at the tea party, it is very proper, because even Scout is dressed lady-like. Scout just wants to sit there and be quiet so that she won’t say anything wrong. Then, Maudie says that Atticus’ food doesn’t stick while it’s going down. By that she means that his conscience is clear. “’Maudie, I’m sure I don’t know what you mean,’ said Mrs. Merriweather. ‘I’m sure you do,’ Miss Maudie said shortly,’” (Lee 312). This quote is saying that Miss Maudie gets all the girls quiet by saying that they are wrong. No one really expects her to say something like this, especially at the very proper tea party, and it changes the mood of the tea party. Miss Merriwether acts like she doesn’t really understand why Miss Maudie said this. It was Ms Maudie’s moral obligation to defend what’s right, and because Atticus isn’t there he can’t defend himself so someone has to. She had to exercise her courage and defend him, and she feels compelled to do so. She knows that Tom is voiceless, and she is obligated to defend him, because she supports what Atticus is
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