To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How is Scout Finch courageous in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout, though young, demonstrates tremendous courage throughout the story. There are several instances which describe her courage well, but perhaps none more so than when she intervenes with the mob threatening her father, Atticus.

Some people argue that this doesn’t display much courage, since Scout is somewhat unaware of the danger she and her father are in during this scene. However, she is clearly afraid in the situation, even if she doesn’t understand quite how dire it is. When she intervenes and begins talking with the men in the riot, she shows that she is unafraid and able to stand...

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Scout's most courageous act in To Kill a Mockingbird comes in Chapter 15 when she and Jem arrive at the jail while Atticus is confronting the lynch mob. Scout senses that something is wrong, but she doesn't really understand the implications of the gathering until the next day. Her innocent banter with Walter Cunningham shames him, and he directs the other men to "Let's get going."

Scout shows courage when she stands up for Walter Cunningham Jr. on her first day of school. She tries to explain why Walter has no lunch money, but she instead gets in trouble with Miss Caroline. She shows courage when she accompanies Jem and Scout into the Radley's back yard, and she shows her speed when she runs back to safety after Boo's shadow appears on the porch. She shows courage (or is it her foolish hot temper?) each and every time she fights a boy in the schoolyard, and her bravery is evident when she runs to the sound of Jem's screams during the attack by Bob Ewell

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