To Kill A Mockingbird, Courage Notes

Hi, these are some notes i wrote down on Real Courage throughout the book To Kill A Mockingbird. I did it for a speaking english exam and got high marks, there are quotes included and explanations, hope this helps and enjoy!xxxxx

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In this section of courage we will be looking at REAL
COURAGE, real courage is where you don't give up fighting
a battle even though you know you're going to lose. Atticus
is a strong believer of having real courage throughout the
Mrs Dubose showed the most prominent form of real
courage in the novel. This can be shown through the
following quote when Atticus says to Jem `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. Mrs Dubose won, all ninetyeight
pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden
to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever
knew.' This quote means that Mrs Dubose knew her time
was coming to an end, she knew she was dying yet that
didn't stop her from trying to live every day to its full
potential, Atticus respects her for this and wants his
children to know that this is a brave and courageous thing
to be able to do.
By saying this, Atticus shows and tells Jem that having
courage isn't holding a gun in your hand, its when you
know what the outcome of something is, yet you try
anyway. Like never giving up.
Scout shows `Real Courage' when the children find Atticus
outside the jail and the lynch mob forms around him. Scout
speaks to Mr Cunningham, she unknowingly appeals to his
humanity and prevents and unpleasant situation from
occurring. Scout is unconsciously pointing out a moral to
the men that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird (Atticus/Tom
Robinson) This immediately makes the mob reconsider,
especially Mr Cunningham, who obviously then realises
what he is/was about to do was wrong, and they leave
Atticus alone.

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