In comparison to many novels, it is quite clear that To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, represents courage the best by the actions of Atticus, Scout, and Boo Radley. During the great depression this novel experiences, white supremacy and racism which are discouraging actions that illustrate courage as one of the most relevant themes in the book. Courage is a powerful theme throughout the novel, being courageous is when one is doing the right thing for their own emotional, mental, and physical good. When one earns the utmost respect of human spirit. The intentions of Atticus, Scout, and Boo Radley are to demonstrate attributes of courage. The first character is an iconic hero, Atticus. Secondly, Atticus's daughter Scout, the protagonist, who also comes across to learning of what will be, to what is when demonstrating courage. Lastly, Boo Radley, a man who manages to continue good manner even though he has been gossiped and judged about in Maycomb. Therefore, Harper Lee conveys courage as a theme in To Kill a Mockingbird with three important characters. .
Firstly, it is evident that Atticus obtains courage and uses his knowledge to further educate his children of what courage truly is. Atticus responds to Scouts question as to why he decides to defend an African-American saying, "The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in a legislature" (Lee 75). Atticus taking the Tom Robinson case is an act of being courageous, especially in a time of racial segregation. Atticus tries his best by following his morals and beliefs, even being faced with multiple acts of opposition and discouragement he is able to stand up to his highest of ability to help Tom. In addition to that when Atticus is determined to protect Tom Robinson from a lynch mob whose intentions is to kill Tom. Scout narrates Atticus's courage, saying "He seemed to be expecting them" (151).