Essay about Courage Is Not An Image

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Courage is not an Image Is courage something you’re born to know or is it something that comes with the will to never give up? In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, many versions of courage are expressed throughout. The book shows the different aspects of each of the characters and how all their versions contradict each other. One aspect coming from Atticus Finch, the widowed father of Jean Louise Finch (Scout) and Jem Finch, was that he was telling his son the explanation of why he made Jem go read to Mrs. Dubose, a neighbor of the Finches. Atticus stated, “She was. She had her own views about things, a lot different from mine, maybe...son, I told you that if you hadn’t lost your head I’d have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her—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 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. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew.”(149) Jem didn’t believe she was the bravest person ever, more like the most uncaring person for the reason that she screamed and hollered at Jem and Scout any time the children passed the front porch. If Atticus believed she was the bravest person who had enough courage to pass her through her…

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