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Although Boo's timely arrival to save Jem and Scout from the murderous hands of Bob Ewell is the most obvious example of courage in To Kill a Mockingbird, other characters show courage in their own ways. Jem exhibits courage several times during the novel. He tries to protect his sister from Bob before Boo shows up after the Halloween pageant, telling her to
"Run, Scout! Run! Run!"
... Someone rolled against me and I felt Jem. He was up like lightning and pulling me with him...
Jem returns to the Radley property to retrieve his lost pants, even though Nathan Radley is still standing watch with his shotgun. Atticus displays extreme bravery when he stands up to the lynch gang by himself in front of the jail. Taking the Tom Robinson case in the first place is a courageous act, knowing that there might be repercussions in the racially sensitive town. Atticus claims that Mrs. Dubose's unusual style of courage while trying to rid herself of her morphine addiction makes her "the bravest person I ever knew." Even Mr. Avery has a moment of bravery, retrieving items from Miss Maudie's burning house before having to escape at the last minute from her upstairs porch.
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