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To Kill A Mockingbird: Courage

By: Elena Murawski

Elena Murawski

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird: Courage

Courage Obviously... Deep Insight: In To Kill a Mockingbird, a lot of characters showed courage in their actions. In To Kill a Mockingbird, characters demonstrated courage for different reasons on many different levels, whether consciously or unconsciously.
Courage was also more prevalent in black people than it was in white people. "'All clear,' I said. 'Not a soul in sight.'
Jem looked up the sidewalk to Dill, who nodded.
Jem attached the note to the end of the fishing pole, let the pole out across the yard, and pushed it toward the window he had selected..." Why? Atticus: courage to defend Tom Robinson Mrs. Dubose: "real courage" "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. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew." -Atticus Finch "...if I didn't I couldn't hold my head up in town, I couldn't represent this country in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again." "Jem wanted Dill to know once and for all that he wasn't scared of anything." Jem: courageous and proud Tom Robinson: Compassionate Courage " 'Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em-'" To stand up for what's right, whether or not it's the popular thing to do. Or, to face danger, risk, or opposition with bravery. Conviction to do the right thing. Racial Reasoning: Had their rights handed to them Fight for their rights Calpurnia: Courage at risk of dissapproval General public hadn't bought into civil rights idea, and didn't think it was their concern. Didn't need to do what's right because they wouldn't be blamed for doing something wrong, wouldn't face same consequences. Whites: Blacks: "'I wants to know why you bringin' white chillun to nigger church.'
'They's my comp'ny,' said Calpurnia...
'You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here--they got their church, we got our'n. It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?'
Calpurnia said, "It's the same God, ain't it?'" --Lula and Calupurnia, p. 158
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