Life Examples of Courage What is courage? Courage is mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty (www.webster.com). There are many several different types and several different ways to express courage, but in the award-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, courage is shown through moral and physical manifestations. Moral courage is something that happens within us, when one takes the initiative to try to succeed when no one else will. Physical courage is an action that one can see and experience for themselves inside and out. In someone’s lifetime at one point or another some type of courage will affect him or her in some way. It may be a positive or negative experience. One example is when Atticus shows moral courage when he agrees to defend Tom Robinson in his court trial. Another is when Atticus shoots the mad dog down the street in front of Jem and Scout. Lastly, an example of physical courage is when Boo Radley protects Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell after the Halloween pageant. The first example of moral courage is when Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson in his court trial. Many of the people in Maycomb, Alabama are racist or prejudice and think it’s a sin that Atticus is defending a black man. In Mrs. Dubose’s eyes, she sees Atticus as a “nigger-lover” (page 112). Many others have the same opinion of Atticus, but he states ” Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience. Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man”. Therefore we know Atticus is not racist nor prejudice because he does the right thing and defends Tom Robinson in court. He knows what is right, and even though many others have different beliefs on what he was doing, that still did not stop him from what he had committed to do. Atticus tried to succeed in proving Tom Robinson not guilty, but the jury conclud…
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