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“To Kill a Mockingbird is a book about courage”. To what extent do you agree with this?

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay by Jackie Jin 10K TOPIC- "To Kill a Mockingbird is a book about courage". To what extent do you agree with this? Courage is the quality of mind that enables one to face danger with confidence, resolution, and gain a firm control of oneself. Many of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird showed courage in their own way. Courage can come in many different forms: physical, mental, emotional and moral. Courage is not the only main theme displayed in To Kill a Mockingbird; prejudice and education are also very important themes exhibited throughout the progression of the novel. Through the eyes of Scout Finch, a bright, sensitive and intelligent little girl, these themes of the novel are explored in great depth. The many forms of courage are shown throughout the novel by the characters of Jem, Boo (Arthur), Mrs. Dubose, and Atticus. Jem showed one of the greatest acts of physical courage as he protected his little sister Scout from the attack of Bob Ewell on the night of Halloween. ...read more.

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Tom was charged with rape and death penalty based on, and only on the colour of his skin. This shows the racial intolerance the white people in Maycomb have towards African-Americans. During this time in history racism was acceptable, not only those who were black, but also those who affiliated with blacks, were also considered inferior. Atticus and Mr. Dolphus Raymond were both treated unfairly because of their non-segregation believes. Mr. Dolphus Raymond pretended to be a drunk so he didn't have to explain the fact that he was simply in love with a black woman. The alcohol, he said, "gave the people an excuse to say he didn't know what he was doing". Atticus defended Tom Robinson because it was what he strongly believed in. For this he was mocked, according to Mrs. Dubose, Atticus was "no better than the niggers and trash he works for!" Aunt Alexandra introduced Jem and Scout to social prejudice by not letting them play with Walter Cunningham. ...read more.

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They learnt that she had a sickness and she was an old woman with strong emotional courage and will power. Mr. Dolphus Raymond seemed like a drunken man who was only friends with the Negroes. Later Jem and Scout find out that he only drunk Coca-Cola but pretended to be drunk all the time. He doesn't believe in "the simple hell people give" Negroes and he pretends to be drunk to give the other whites in Maycomb an excuse to accept his ways. They could not understand why anyone would prefer to be with the blacks instead of the whites, so pretending to be drunk, Mr. Dolphus Raymond gives them a reason to see why. To Kill a Mockingbird is not only a book about courage. It has explored and displayed many other important themes. Through the exploration of these themes, To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that's full of morals and ethics. It educates the people of today to be courageous towards life, to perish racism, to always stand in other people's shoes and to learn from experiences in life. (1046 words) ...read more.

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