People have different perceptions of courage all the time; some think it is a man with a gun in hand; some see courage as mental strength to persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty; others think courage is an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things; or even standing up for what is right, even if you are standing alone. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, courage is illustrated through the characters of Atticus Finch, Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose, and Bob Ewell. Atticus and Mrs.
Dubose share some of the same characteristics of courage. They both begin an impossible task but give it their all until the end, even if they don’t succeed. On the other hand, Bob Ewell shows an immense lack of courage throughout the book by not having the courage to accept the consequences of his own wrong doing. Atticus, Bob Ewell, and Mrs. Dubose each reveal courage in different ways, even if that way is not showing any courage at all. Atticus Finch feels true courage is when ‘ you know you ” re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through to the end no matter what.’ (p.
112) With this definition of courage, Atticus would be considered an extremely courageous man. Tom Robinson was being accused of raping a white girl during the 1930 s in Alabama. Because of the way blacks were treated then, obviously the chances of Tom Robinson walking out of the courthouse innocent were slim to none. When Atticus takes the case of Tom Robinson he says it is the ‘one case in his lifetime that affects him personally.’ (p.
... win, but sometimes you do. Atticus acknowledges this as courage. He knows he will never win the Tom Robinson case, yet he continues to ... to rebuild and strengthen Mrs. Dubose camellias, just as he is forced to strengthen his courage against the town. Mrs. Dubose leaves behind Jem a ... a symbol of torture- reminding Jem of his days with Mrs. Dubose. A second glance allows the reader to come to the ...
76) If he didn’t take this case, he felt he couldn’t ‘represent this country in legislature’ additionally he said, ‘I couldn’t hold up my head in town I couldn’t even tell you and Jem not to do something again.’ (75) Taking this case took a great deal of courage and made Atticus a target of ridicule for Maycomb County. He was standing up for what he felt was right, and he was almost standing solo. The majority of Maycomb’s citizens do not agree with Atticus’s actions whatsoever. He was ‘running a still’ in Maycomb, he was referred to as a ‘nigger lover’ which was not accepted in society of Alabama in the 1930 s (75).
In Atticus’s own home he was put down for defending a black man.
Although Mrs. Merri weather never stated it, she did make her point clear that she felt there were ‘some good but misguided people in this town some of ’em think they are doing the right thing all along’ (p. 233) It was quite obvious that she was referring to Atticus. Atticus took the case of Tom Robinson knowing he most likely wasn’t going to win.
In his heart, he knew it was the right thing to do, so he defended Tom. Atticus was an ordinary person, who did an extraordinary thing for another person. Mrs. Dubose demonstrates tremendous courage through having amazing mental strength and perseverance to overcome an addiction.
Mrs. Dubose had an addiction to morphine, but she made the decision she was going to die without the morphine, ‘beholden to nothing and nobody.’ Her decision was not, by far, the easiest way to die. It was actually the hardest thing she would have to overcome at that time. Overcoming her addiction had bedridden her. Now, for most people, if they have the choice of taking a pill or staying in bed for life, most would choose to take the pill, not Mrs. Dubose.
She was going to beat the morphine. Atticus said it himself,’ Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her.’ ‘ (p. 112) Although she was bitter, like many old people are, she had true courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to choose the hard way. Most people look for the short cuts in life, the easy way out, but having courage means you fight the impossible with a remarkable amount of perseverance.
English Coursework Atticus In my opinion Atticus is a great father as he always tells the children the truth, also the children respect their father as it says, "our father is satisfactory." The children relate to their father very well they feel they can talk and respond to their father without feeling uncomfortable like some children would with their parents but as they can relate to their ...
Mrs. Dubose’s courage and strength pulled her through until the end, so she could die free of the morphine. It takes courage to accept consequences of your own wrongdoing; the kind of courage Bob Ewell lacks. Bob Ewell was willing to go to any length to cover up the truth. Not only did he lie, but he also forced his daughter to lie as well.
His lack of courage put an innocent man in prison and he died there. When Bob Ewell was made look like a foolish liar in court, he threatens the opposing lawyer, the defendant’s wife, and Judge Taylor. Being the ignorant person Bob Ewell seems to be, he breaks into Judge Taylor’s home, while the rest of town was at church. It was not a well kept secret that Judge Taylor was not a ‘Sunday night church-goer.’ (238) After Bob Ewell has put Tom Robinson in prison, he threatens his Tom’s wife; this then forces her to take an alternative route to and from her job. When she does take her normal route home, he hears Bob Ewell behind her ‘fowl words.’ (249) The most un courageous thing Bob Ewell does is he attacks Jem and Scout on their way home, which then leaves him dead.
Bob Ewell reveals no courage in this book; he demonstrates no strength to accept responsibility for his own actions. Courage as many definitions, most of which are displayed through Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and the lack of courage Bob Ewell demonstrates. Atticus took on an impossible talk; he stood up for what he felt was right, even thought he was one of very few standing. Mrs. Dubose as well took on an impossible task and s hoed mental strength and perseverance.
Courage was not illustrated through Bob Ewell, only the lack of courage one man could have. Courage has multiple meanings for all kind of people, every person shows their own courage, or lack of courage some how, some way.