To Kill a Mocking Bird is based in about 1935, right in the middle of the depression. It is set in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb. Maycomb, like most small southern towns, has a problem with widespread racism toward Negroes. Throughout the novel all the members of the Finches and many others display courage in their attempts to stand up for what they believe in.
Jem is nine years old and is just beginning to show signs of maturing. Jem shows most of his courage by just believing that what his father was doing was the right thing to do." " At the beginning of the novel, touching the Radley house was what Jem thought of courage. This was also because of the simple fact that "in all his life, Jem had never declined a dare." But, as the story moves on, he learns about courage from Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and even Tom Robinson.
"Standing up for Atticus".
"Telling scout to ran when being attack by bob.
Atticus displays the most courage by defending Tom Robinson in court. He knew that having a white man defend a black man in court was unacceptable. He knew that people would resent him for it and he also knew that he would most likely lose the case because a black man has never won a court battle against a white. Atticus never lost hope though, he continued to work and protect Tom no matter what. He even sat outside of the jail house to make sure that no one touched him.
Atticus defended Tom because otherwise he would not be able to tell his children what to do any more, and also for moral reasons to " ".
The court battle was not the only place that Atticus showed courage. He showed physical courage when he shot the rabid dog, Tim Johnson. This was the only type of courage that Scout was able to under stand at the time but Atticus doesn't believe that shoting the dog was real courage because " "".
Mrs. Dubose. She had been a morphine addict and had decided to go clean till her death. To die as a free women, to die knowing she had won even though would drool.