Bravery Essay

2841 Words Jun 3rd, 2011 12 Pages
Bravery You're walking down the street, coming home from school, and all of a sudden you hear a shrill voice calling "Help! Help!" You run toward the voice and when you run about a block up the street you smell smoke. You look up and see a house totally engulfed in flames. You see a woman on the lawn of the burning building crying, "Help! Help! My baby's inside!"

"Inside the burning building?" you ask. The woman nods her head up and down. You tell her not to worry, that you'll save her baby. You run inside. Heat surrounds you. Your eyes sting and you can hardly breathe with all of the smoke, but you keep progressing because you know that you've got to save that baby.

You make your way up the stairs, flames jumping at you
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Short stories can prove to have perfect examples of people longing to show their bravery. In Bierce's short story, which takes place during the Civil War, the main character, Payton Farquhar, is unable to participate in the Civil War and longs to prove that he is as brave as the soldiers in the Southern army. When an opportunity to be courageous arises, Farquhar quickly acts to prove how brave he is. He sets out to burn down the Owl Creek Bridge to hinder the Northern armies’ trade routes. When the Northern army found out, they hung Farquhar. Farquhar risked his life to appear brave to others.

People long to prove their bravery in real life as well. Cornelia ten Boom was a middle aged woman who lived in Holland during the Holocaust. Corrie, as her family and friends called her, helped save the lives of many Jewish lives during the Holocaust by hiding them from German officers and caring for them while they continued on long, hard journeys. When German officers suspected Corrie of hiding Jewish people, they took her to jail. Even though they never found any Jewish people in her home; they were hidden in a secret room. Corrie remained very brave in jail while she stayed in a bare dirty cell where the guards yelled at and taunted her.

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