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To Kill a Mockingbird

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Thesis statement about courage in To Kill a Mockingbird

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A thesis statement about courage in To Kill a Mockingbird could be: "Courage in To Kill a Mockingbird is demonstrated through the characters' willingness to stand up for what is morally right, despite facing personal risks and societal opposition, as seen in Atticus Finch's defense of Tom Robinson and Mrs. Dubose's battle against her morphine addiction."

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What could be a thesis statement about courage for To Kill a Mockingbird?

All courage begins with moral strength in this novel. In order to do what is right, a person must first have the strength and honesty of vision to understand what distinguishes right from wrong. 

Several forms of courage are explored in To Kill a Mockingbird, showing that it is both a physical and mental state which can manifest itself in multiple actions.

Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, Scout Finch, Jem Finch and Mrs. Dubose are all characters that demonstrate the quality of courage. They also make clear the notion that courage is not necessarily tied to risking physical danger, but is often better defined by a dedication to principles first and acceptance of the consequences second. 

Atticus articulates this view of courage when he discusses Mrs. Dubose' efforts to free herself of a morphine addiction. 

"It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you see it through no matter what..."

Courage, in this novel, is defined by dedication to a sense of what is right and to pursuing the "right thing" regardless of consequences.

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What is a good thesis for an essay on To Kill a Mockingbird, using the theme courage?

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee clearly suggests that there is a strong connection between a character's integrity and courage because, as Atticus tells his children in Chapter 11,

"Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

Since this determination to do what is right is especially exemplified through the characterization of Mrs. Dubose, Atticus Finch, and Boo Radley, in developing one's thesis about courage, the writer can demonstrate the character development of these three personages. For, in this characterization there is exemplification of the ways in which each character faces insurmountable odds, but exerts fortitude, nevertheless.

So, with a review of the actions of Mrs. Dubose as she fights her morphine addiction so that she can finish her life in awareness, and a review of the tremendous strength of character that it takes for Atticus Finch to defend Tom Robinson so that his children will not grow up with "Maycomb's usual disease," and an examination of the huge effort that is takes for the shy recluse Boo Radley to come to the defense of the children because of his love for them, the theme of courage can certainly be illustrated in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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What could be a thesis statement about courage for To Kill a Mockingbird?

The theme of morality is a good one in To Kill a Mockingbird.

The first step in creating a good thesis statement is to narrow your thesis down to one point that is debatable. 

If you are writing on the theme of morality, you might want to write on a topic such as courage.  If so, here is a possible thesis: "In To Kill a Mockingbird courage is the most important virtue and what separates good people from everyone else." 

Not all people will agree with this statement. This is what makes it a thesis. That said, this thesis is also defendable. This is what make the thesis a strong one. If you wanted to support this thesis, you can mention Atticus's courage in defending Tom Robinson in the face of a mob. You can also include his conversation with Scout when he says that they will lose. Here is the quote:

“Atticus, are we going to win it?" “No, honey." “Then why—" “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,” Atticus said.

These thoughts should get you started. 

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What is a good thesis statement about courage in To Kill a Mockingbird?

It is important to note that there are many ways to write a thesis; while the wording "in and of itself" can be used, there are many formats that may present your idea in a stronger way. Follow the reference link below to find more information on how to build a thesis statement. Whatever format is used, a thesis statement should clearly convey the writer's position and set up the purpose for the paper.

Courage is a theme that is prevalent throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. The actions and observations of Atticus demonstrate to the reader that courage is a moral, not a physical, act. This idea could be phrased in the following way: Courage in and of itself is not a physical act, but a moral one, as is demonstrated by Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Atticus's commitment to seeking justice in Tom Robinson's case is a moral act, and one that requires great courage, as many of the townspeople become hateful toward Atticus and his family. One of the difficult lessons the reader learns in To Kill a Mockingbird is that, despite his devotion to exposing the truths of the case throughout the trial, Atticus is not able to spark the change that the Finch family longs to see within the town. This lesson could also translate to a thesis statement in the following way: Courage in and of itself is not enough to change the minds of those who are ignorant.

Whichever thesis statement is chosen, it is necessary that the thesis be supported by evidence from the text.

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