Mockingbird theme: Courage

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Examples of Courage:

  • Miss Maudie's optimism after her house burnt down
  • Atticus facing a mad dog
  • Boo Radley rescuing Jem from Robert Ewell - He was stuck inside the house for years, but when he saw his children being attacked he left his house and did what he needed to do to save them.
  • Atticus defending Tom Robinson
  • Atticus waiting outside Tom Robinsons jail cell - He knew there would probably be a mob, and he even later told Jem that they might have hurt him a bit, but he knew that he couldnt leave Tom alone. His sense of justice was stronger than his fear for himself.

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Paul Dutton


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