To Kill A Mockingbird Courage Analysis

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Courage is a big theme in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, and the author Harper Lee shows what courage is all about. Courage is not necessarily doing something with a gun in your hand but to do something you would not usually do or be scared to do. The three characters that demonstrated a significant amount of courage in the story was Boo Radley, Mrs. Dubose, and Atticus Finch. These characters all had difficulties that they had to overcome. Therefore, courage is not based on physical ability but the willingness to come out of your comfort zone and be brave when you might be scared on the inside. Boo Radley is one of the characters in the novel who took many risks which proved to be courageous. Boo never came out of his house during…show more content…
Dubose is a perfect example of somebody who possessed courage and somebody that came out of their comfort zone. She was an old, wicked women who was addicted to morphine. She knew she was going to die when Dr. Reynolds said she only had a few months left. Hearing this Mrs. Dubose said that their was still one thing out of order which tells the reader she wanted to do something before she died. Given the news that she was going to die, Mrs. Dubose was not scared, instead she accepted it and stayed calm. The thing she wanted to do before she died was to get off of her drugs. Atticus had mentioned to Jem that Mrs. Dubose would leave this world beholden to nothing and nobody saying that when she died she did not want to be on her drugs. She wanted to be free from the morphine and she succeeded. An important quote in the story is when Atticus tells Jem “I told you that if you hadn’t lost your head i’d have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her- 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.” (112). What he meant by saying this is that Jem helped Mrs. Dubose fight off her drugs when he was reading to her. Jem did not realize that Mrs. Dubose was showing great courage, the courage Atticus was talking about. Therefore Mrs. Dubose’s comfort zone was her drugs and she was able to escape from
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