To Kill a Mockingbird; Courage

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay on Courage Submitted By: Harkrishan Gill Submitted To: Ms. Saplys Date: November 24, 2011 The classic novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee, is about a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, who lives in a small town known as Maycomb. It is a prejudice town where many people in society are racist toward African Americans. They are considered to be a lower class of humans and are treated unfairly. However, there is Jeans’ father, Atticus Finch who is not confined by the town’s opinions, and believes in equality amongst all the people. In my opinion, the best theme to describe Atticus is courage, because of his strong morals and beliefs, his contributions to society, and his will power shown in the Tom Robinson case. The first way Atticus shows courage is by his manner of communication with others around him. One of the greatest examples in the book is when he is talking to Jem about the death of Ms. Dubose. Ms. Dubose was a neighbor of the Finch’s and was a morphine addict for many years. She tried to resist taking drugs because she wanted to have a clean bloodstream when she dies. Also to avoid being labelled as a “druggy”. Even though everyone must have thought Ms. Dubose was crazy, Atticus observes her situation from a different perspective and believes that Ms. Dubose was very courageous. To prove his point Atticus says, “…Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see through it.”(Lee 112) Atticus tells Jem that courage is not a man carrying a weapon; courage comes within you, not with the objects around you. Another example, is when Atticus tells Scout not to judge people unless you have seen the conditions in which they live in. He quotes, “Never judge anyone, until you have been in their shoes, and walked around in them.”(Lee 34) Throughout the
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