Being Courageous Essay, Research Paper
I think that one of the most important qualities a person can have is
being courageous. If a person doesn?t have courageous and doesn?t take
risks, they can never accomplish what they wish to do in life. A courageous
person is an accomplished person! In this book, Atticus is the father of two
wonderful and intelligent children. He showed them moral courage (Mrs. Dubose), losing battles (Tom Robinson?s case), and just plain courage (the Radley home).
Mrs. Dubose was an old woman. Jem and Scout were terrified of the
horrible woman. The reason why they were so scared was because she was
always in an ugly mood. Whenever they would pass her house she would
criticize how Scout dressed, talked, acted, and that her father had done a
terrible job of raising her. The only thing that the children didn?t understand
was that she was trying to fight a battle. This battle was that Mrs. Dubose
was a morphine addict. She took the morphine because she was very ill and
without out it she would have been in too much pain. She wished to die free
and clean, so she tried to stop herself. Therefore, everyday she would have
Jem read to her, and the next day a little longer, and longer, etc. So that was
how she tried. This I think is called moral courage and she won!
Thomas Robinson was an innocent man. He did not commit any
crime against Mayella Ewell; the judge knew that, the jury, and so did
Mayella Ewell. He was falsely accused of raping Mayella on November
twenty-first. All he ever did was help her by helping her around her home.
If not in the 1930?s did people believe a white man?s story over a black
man?s story even if the white man were lying then Tom would have been
found not guilty. Because people were so prejudice this happen to a lot of
black innocent people. Tom Robinson thought that he would never be set
free and thought that the police would kill him anyways so he tried to run
away but got caught and got killed. He knew he was fighting a losing battle
so he died.
In part one Jem showed his courage in many ways. For example, when Jem, Scout, and Dill went to the Radley home and almost got caught,
and more importantly got killed. Since, Jem respected his father so much he
went back to get his pants because he didn?t want Atticus to not be able to
trust him. I think that was very courageous of Jem because he saved his
trust with Atticus but it was also stupid because he could have died!
In conclusion, Atticus wanted his children to learn to make mistakes
and take chances and to learn for their mistakes. It is always important to
make mistakes because you learn from the mistakes. If you don?t you can
never succeed in life because you?ll always be afraid to do anything. Also,
to never give up on what you really want to do or if you know your right
about something. For example, Mrs. Dubose wanted to stop the morphine
and since she kept her mind to it she won. Also, Tom Robinson was a good
example too because he gave up and look how he ended up: dead.