Courage Dobes stood against herself, and Boo Radley

 Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird

Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place during the Great Depression in
Maycomb Alabama. During this time, most of the population was whites, who were
racist and prejudice. Harper Lee shows different situations of bravery and
courage through Atticus Finch, Mrs. Dobes, and Boo Radley. These characters
stood up for themselves and others however, they and their loved ones faced
many challenges going against society. Atticus Finch stood up for Tom Robinson,
Mrs. Dobes stood against herself, and Boo Radley found the courage to face
society. These three characters had many obstacles in their way, but they
didn’t give up and continued to stand up for what they thought is right.

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         Firstly, Atticus Finch, a one of a kind
lawyer in Maycomb, finds the courage to stand up against society. One example
where he stands up against society is deciding to fight Tom Robinson’s case.
Tom Robinson is an African American, who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell.
When standing up for Tom, Atticus knew that he and his kids, Jem and Scout were
going to be affected. Mostly everyone in town including Jem and Scout is
unhappy with his decision. Scout even asks Atticus why he is fighting for Tom
when ” he shouldn’t be defendin’ him” (9.16-25). Atticus responds by saying,
that “if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this
county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something
again.” ( 9.16-25). This shows that Atticus has to build up a lot of
courage to stand against society because what he is doing something majority of
the other people in the town would not do or even think about doing. The white
society is not that nice to him, he’s called name, such as “nigger lover”, and
is also physically abused by Bob Ewell, who spats on Atticus’s face. Atticus
went through a lot of hate, and trouble, but he used the hate from people to
teach his children to always stand up for the right, even when majority of the
others do not agree with you. Though Atticus did not win the case his decision
to stand up for Tom earned him greater respect from his kids and the black
community along with giving a valuable life lesson to his kids.

         Secondly, Mrs. Dobes is known to be a
mean old lady, who never has anything nice to say to anyone. Mrs. Dobes had to
find real courage as Atticus says, “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 see it
through no matter what” (PAGE NUMBER). Real courage is when you have a battle
with yourself, and you already know that you are going to lose before you
begin, but you do it anyways. Mrs. Dobes shows real courage when she decides
that she will get rid of her addiction to morphine before she dies. She knew
that she did not have much longer to live, but still was determined to stand up
against her morphine addiction. This shows that despite knowing the outcome was
death, Mrs. Dobes wanted to die free from the morphine. By doing this, she
teaches Jem and Scout that courage is not only fighting for someone else but
can also be going against yourself to make yourself better. Like Atticus, Mrs.
Dobes earns more respect in the eyes of Jem and Scout, who are now able to see
her in a different way.

         Boo Radley is a shy person who does not
like going out of his house and exposing himself to the outside world. Boo
finds the courage to face society when he steps outside his house to save Jem
and Scout from Bob Ewell, who is trying to kill the two for revenge. Bob Ewell
wants to kill Jem and Scout to get revenge on Atticus for fighting Tom
Robinson’s case. It takes Boo Radley a lot of courage to go outside of his
house and protect Jem and Scout despite knowing that his identity would be at a
risk when everyone finds out who he is. By doing this, he teaches Jem and Scout
that people are not always what you think they are.

         In conclusion, Harper Lee portrays the
theme of courage throughout the book. Harper Lee uses these characters
including, Atticus Finch, Mrs. Dobes, and Boo Radley to convey how courage is
needed to stand up against someone else or even yourself. Atticus had the
courage to stand up against the prejudice people of society by fighting for Tom
Robinson. Mrs. Dobes stands up against herself and tries to overcome her
addiction to morphine. Similarly, Boo Radley stands up for himself and finds
the courage to go outside and expose his identity to everyone. The courage that
these characters show, impact how Jem and Scout will look and think about many
situations. Courage is not an easy thing to build up, but when one does, they
positively influence their own life and the life of others, helping one and
teaching another.