To Kill a Mockingbird Literary Analysis

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To Kill A Mockingbird Literary Analysis Courage, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Courage is one of the six themes in To Kill a Mockingbird, the story of two kids, Jem and Scout, growing up in a small prejudiced town in Alabama. Six-year-old Scout narrates the book, telling stories of her childhood in the 1930’s over the course of three years. There are many characters in this book that show courage. Three of these characters include Atticus, Scout and Jem’s father; Mrs. Dubose, the name-calling neighbor; and Boo Radley, the mysterious middle-aged man who hasn’t left his house in over 15 years. One way Atticus Finch shows courage is by representing Tom Robinson in his trial. Atticus knew most of the town of Maycomb was prejudiced towards Mr. Robinson just because he was black. Because of this knowledge, Atticus knew he and his children, Jem and Scout, would face bullying around town if he took the case. In addition, Atticus was able to predict he would lose the case because of the prejudiced town. Despite everything going against him, Mr. Finch took on the case because he knew it was the right thing to do. Atticus even said, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,” (Lee). This is nearly the definition of courage. Mrs. Dubose was another character that showed courage in To Kill A Mockingbird. She struggled with a morphine addiction for years due to pain from cancer. When Mrs. Dubose found out her death was near, she set a goal: to die free from her addiction. She knew this would be difficult, but with determination, Mrs. Dubose ultimately died free of her reliance on morphine. Even Atticus, who didn’t like Mrs. Dubose, admitted to her being “the bravest person I ever knew,” (Lee). There were other characters
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