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To Kill a Mocking Bird

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What I now understand about courage through Jem's experience is courage is not always doing something extraordinary like saving someone from a burning house but everyday things like standing up to bullying or staying strong and not giving up. In To Kill A Mockingbird mrs.Dubose shows this kind of everyday courage while fighting for her life. This is evident on page 149 when it's says, "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know your licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she dies beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew." This is what Atticus tells Jem. This tells us that when she fought to break her addiction to the morphine that helped her manage the pain while she was dying was very courageous because she accepted that she was going to die and she wanted to do it beholden to nothing and nobody. I agree with Harper Lee's vision of courage. However I would add courage is also simple little things like being different and standing out of the crowd. I show this kind of courage all the time by oh I decide to do my hair or when I go out with friends what I choose to wear. This is showing courage because I'm choosing to not care what other people think of me. It takes a lot of courage to stand out and not do what everyone else is doing because your scared to be judged by your peers. This kind of courage is shown in many books nowadays. For example this kind of courage is evident in a book called "losing it". The main character shows everyday courage by joining the cross-county team while everyone is making fun of him for being slow because of how fat he is. He ignores what other people say about him and keeps on trying. As a conclusion this kind of courage is more real than shooting down a wild animal.



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