How Does Radmacher Show Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Mary Anne Radmacher, the author of Lean Forward Into Your Life, once said, “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying… ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” Acts of courage come in all shapes in sizes. Many people would compare courage to a lion, a brave and ferocious beast. However, sometimes, acts of courage can be small and sometimes unnoticeable to an outside eye. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird is filled with acts of courage and heroism, many of which are not noticed by the many people that surround them. To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, exemplifies the theme of courage and heroism through the characters who seem to show no courage, but in fact are the people who are the most courageous and heroic in their own significant ways. …show more content…
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus would be considered the archetype or the typical example of a courageous and heroic character. In the novel, a rabid dog becomes loose in the streets of Maycomb. The Sheriff of Maycomb, Heck Tate, looks to Atticus to shoot the dog because he couldn’t pull off the shot. Atticus pulls off the near impossible shot and Scout and Jem figure out their father was actually named “One-Shot Finch” back when he was younger. Scout even recounts later, “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been in any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived” (134). Scout then starts to believe that her father is the bravest man ever. She begins to respect him more for his courage, which is something she didn’t previously see. Without an obvious act of courage, like shooting a rabid dog, it was difficult for the Finch children to properly see Atticus’