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Shaw 1 Abbie Shaw Mr. Cullen Honors English 9/Pd. 7 12 January 2018 Courage in Maycomb County Real courage is a trait that few people have. In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird , the theme of courage is consistently proven throughout the text. Harper Lee develops this feature within many characters during various situations. Each character handels their scenario differently, but still proves Harper Lee’s definition of courage. Harper Lee’s definition of 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” (Lee 149). This theme plays an important role in the text as it is proven through the Finch children, Mrs. Dubose, and Atticus. The Finch children prove to show courage when they are called uncivil names by the citizens of Maycomb and their family. Once the town finds out that Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, the whole family immediately receives backlash. Even though they are only children, the adults still feel the need to criticize them and their family. However, Jem and Scout do not react to all of the hate towards them and their family. Their neighbor, Mr. Dubose says, “your father’s no better than the n----- and trash he works for!” (Lee 135). Jem and Scout have to put up with this kind of talk from everyone, even the people that know their family very well.
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