Themes of "To Kill a Mocking Bird"
by Kathryn Lee
In the book Atticus tries to explain to Jem that real courage is knowing that you are beat, yet still giving it everything you have. I think that this is a good way of describing it because, when Atticus is appointed to Tom Robinson he knows that he will lose and Tom will go to jail, yet he tries his hardest to defend him. When Tom dies after trying to escape jail he goes to the his home to share the news even though someone could have told them he choose to. Jem and Scout think Atticus is making them pay for ruining Mrs. Dubose flowers, by reading to her every day. But he really wanted them to see how even though she knew she was going to die she did not want to be addicted to morphine when she did and she kick the habit. I think the courage was also shown in Author Radley when he saved the children; he knew that he could get in a lot of trouble for killing Bob Ewell.