Boo Radley Courage

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In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch tells his children, “...Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing 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” (149). Three ways in which different types of courage are displayed in the novel are: the children trying to get Boo Radley to come out, Atticus defending Tom Robinson, and when Jem fought Bob Ewell after the play. To begin with, Boo Radley was the town shut-in, the mysterious character yet to be exposed to society, but involved fully at the same time. “If he wanted to come out, he would. If he wanted to stay inside his own house he had the right to stay inside free from the inquisitive children, which was like a mild term for the likes of us” (65). This is a quote that best describes how painfully shy he was, which probably triggered the children’s imagination. Throughout the first part of the novel, the children, Scout, Jem, and Dill, all tried to make Boo Radley ‘come out’ by trying many things. To begin with, the kids often played games in the Finch’s front yard where one would be Boo, the others being family or passersby, and “Boo” would react crazily and…show more content…
Being the oldest, Jem must have had to be the most courageous out of the two. He was always watching out for Scout, even when she thought he was not. When Bob Ewell attacked the children after Scout’s play, Jem automatically yelled for Scout to run so he could protect her. Scout could not see the attacker, but Jem could. He knew that it was Bob and he would not be able to successfully fight him off. Being who Atticus raised him to be Jem used courage, and even though he knew he did not have a chance of winning, he knew he had to protect Scout. This was also an underlying part of the novel where you really had to read carefully to pick up on
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