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How does Scout demonstrate courage in To Kill a Mockingbird?

How does Scout demonstrate courage in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout is depicted as an outspoken, charismatic girl who continually demonstrates courage and is not afraid to take a stand for what she believes in. On Scout's first day of school, Walter Cunningham Jr. refuses to accept Miss Caroline's quarter but is too timid to explain why he will not accept it. Scout demonstrates courage by sticking up for her friend and speaking on his behalf. When Scout feels that Miss Caroline is being unfair, she loses her composure and raises her voice.

Scout also demonstrates courage in chapter 6 by tagging along with Jem and Dill as they raid the Radley yard. Despite the fact that Scout is terrified of Boo, she shows courage by entering his spooky backyard at night. Scout also demonstrates courage in chapter 15 when she runs out into the middle of a lynch mob. Although Scout does not recognize the gravity of the situation, her decision to sprint into the group of men indirectly saves Tom's life.

One could argue that Scout also demonstrates courage by attending the Tom...

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