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An Essay Comparing The Topic of Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Colour Purple by Alice Walker The dictionary states that "Courage" is bravery/boldness or to nerve oneself to a venture. This notion is shown in both The Colour Purple and To Kill A Mockingbird in similar and in various ways. The Colour Purple involves courage to stand up against certain people, rather than morals and ideas, which is the principal issue in To Kill A Mockingbird. Celie is the central character who has the most examples of courage although there are other individuals. In To Kill A Mockingbird, each character has his/her particular views on courage which are expressed widely during the book. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout, who may be seen as the narrator, has her first opportunity to show her courage when she has to stand until the new teacher and attempt to explain to her about the different pupils and what happens in the school. The rest of the kids urge her to say anything, because they're exceedingly afraid themselves. By comparison, at The Colour Purple, there is no courage when Celie understands that her father has taken her child and killed it in the woods, yet she does nothing about it, as she is scared of him. "He took it while I was sleeping. Kilt it out there in the woods." Scout, always attempts to understand other's views - which is exactly why she goes to read to Mrs. Dubose with Jem and finally understands her. On the flip side, in The Colour Purple, Harpo (the oldest son), never attempts to understand how much work Celie has and takes her for granted. It's only when Mr.___'s (his name is never mentioned) sister comer to visit, that Celie gains support, but even then, she loses. It took courage for Kate (the sister) to stand...