Scout has a tendency to speak her mind. However, in this conversation, the adults are doing something that adults often do but should not do—they are
Lori Steinbach Certified Educator One of the most significant themes in To Kill a Mockingbird is courage, and Harper Lee uses many of the characters and circumstances in her novel to demonstrate all facets of courage. There is a physical courage which is demonstrated by Atticus standing in the middle of the street, facing off with a rabid dog armed only with a shotgun.
This is an especially impressive feat to his children, of course, but Atticus now has One of the most significant themes in To Kill a Mockingbird is courage, and Harper Lee uses many of the characters and circumstances in her novel to demonstrate all facets of courage.
This is an especially impressive feat to his children, of course, but Atticus now has to work extra hard to show them that there are other, more important kinds of courage. The incident Jem has with Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose demonstrates another kind of courage. Here is an old woman who, we discover, is addicted to morphine.
She is cantankerous, rude, and prejudiced; however, she also has a kind of inner strength which enables her to kick a long-time addiction in order to die free.
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. This is timely advice because of the upcoming trial. Atticus, of course, demonstrates all kinds of courage. Miss Maudie tells Scout that the town is cowardly because it lets Atticus do the "dirty work" of standing up for what is right when they either do not want to or are unwilling to become a target for their neighbors, friends, or customers.
Atticus does not just go through the motions of representing Tom Robinson at his trial; instead he does what he knows is right: This puts his own life at risk, as well as the lives of his children. He is confronted with a mob at the courthouse, he is spit upon by Bob Ewell, and he risks losing the respect of everyone in town that disagrees with him--including his own sister and her family.
Miss Maudie shows courage when she refuses to be pressured by the "foot-washin' Baptists" who try to shame her out of growing her flowers. When they shout Bible verses at her, she responds with other Bible verses.
She is not intimidated by these bullying tactics, and she courageously confronts them in her own backyard, so to speak. Boo Radley demonstrates extraordinary courage when he saves the Finch children from being killed by Bob Ewell.
Even more, he kills Ewell in the process. There is no doubt that this is a courageous and selfless act. Even Walter Cunningham's dad demonstrated a rather extraordinary courage in this novel. Although he was kind of the ringleader of the group that came to cause trouble for Tom Robinson at the jail, Atticus placed him on the jury of Tom's trial.
The expectation is that this jury will come back with an inevitable guilty verdict; after all, a white woman accused a black man of raping her, so the black man must be guilty.
Instead, Walter Cunningham is the juror who prolongs the verdict long enough to give Atticus some hope. Though Cunningham was unsuccessful in changing his fellow jurors' mind, he was able to hold them off for a time, obviously because he believed Tom was innocent.
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It includes everything you need to teach To Kill a Mockingbird: lesson plans, activities, chapter questions, vocabulary, quizzes, tests, and more!. The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in and was later made into an.
LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in To Kill a Mockingbird, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Many people, including Jem and . Courage is a strong theme in To Kill a Mockingbird. The South during the s was a place of rules, traditions, and expectations, and people that challenged this were ridiculed and cast out.
Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird." That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. To Kill a Mockingbird - Courage "Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what" According to Atticus Finch, an honest lawyer in Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" courage is not a man with a gun in his hand.