To Kill A Mockingbird

Taylor Dohlman

Courage is standing up against something you can't beat.

Courage is the ability to do something that frightens one. In this novel the very first time I noticed courage was way before Atticus even mentioned anything about it. I noticed it when Scout stood up to her teacher Miss Caroline, when she told her that she was too smart and can't learn anything more outside of school because she wasn't learning right. Scout was upset that her teacher had told her that, but she kept learning anyway. One of the main characters that stands out to me as having courage is Jem. Even though Jem is a young boy he is very adventurous and although some of the things he does are naughty he does them with courage. Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird, is not about winning or losing, it is about thinking long and hard about what's right and what's wrong.

Atticus was a very courageous man. He defended Tom Robinson because he knew it was the right thing to do. He knew that people would hate him for it and people in town would look at him differently, but he didn't care because he knew if he didn't do it, he would be setting a bad example for Jem and Scout.

Don't hurt something that doesn't bother you.

When Atticus said this at first I really didn't understand. Once I thought about it I understood, if someone is harmless they don't deserve to be mistreated. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, even if they don't deserve it. I believe that this applied to Boo Radley because he was just trying to protect Jem and Scout when he did what he did for them.

After Scout's teacher got upset with her on the first day of school because of Walter Cunningham, Jem invited him over to their house for lunch because he knew that Walter didn't mean to do any harm to Scout.

I believe that these themes relate to each other because without courage you wouldn't be able to be a strong enough person to respect everyone even if they don't deserve it. If you don't have courage, it will be harder to stand up and do the right thing