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Comparative Essay

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Courage
Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty without fear. Courage is not something that you distribute, but a trait you develop over time. Many people have faced tough challenges throughout their lives. The difference between people persevering and people that do not, results in them giving up. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, presents the idea of courage through the characters; Mrs. Dubouse, Atticus and Boo Radley. Mrs. Dubose is a morphine addict who uses morphine as her painkillers to keep her self stable. Atticus is a lawyer who went against Maycomb, to defend a black man who is innocent. Boo Radley on the other hand is a ...view middle of the document...

"She’s not suffering any more. She was sick for a long time. Son, didn’t you know what her fits were?" Jem shook his head. "Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict ... She took it as a pain-killer for years. The doctor put her on it. She’d have spent the rest of her life on it and died without so much agony, but she was too contrary”(Lee 114). Not many people knew that she was dying, but she did not care anyways. She displayed her courage by acting on what she felt was right, no matter how impossible it seemed or how painful it turned out to be.
Courage is when you fight for what’s right and do not care whether winning or losing. Throughout the novel, Atticus presented courage for protecting Tom Robinson. He took the case defending Tom Robinson by going against the town knowing even though the Robinsons’ and himself will be insulted. Francis, who also echoed the ranting of Aunt Alexandra, talks about Atticus and his actions, "We’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again. He’s ruinin’ the family, that’s what he’s doin” (Lee 90). Atticus was confronted by his friends trying to talk him out of it, just as Link Deas said, Atticus has everything to lose in this case. Despite all the pressure, he was determined to carry the case onwards. He knew that he had not have a fair chance on winning the case. However, Atticus explains to his children, “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t let’em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change” (Lee 76). Atticus has been teaching his kids between right and wrong. With the knowledge of how he had lived his life, if he did not follow that lesson that he gave his children how are his children suppose to follow what was told. With this quote, Scout was taught to stop fighting with her hands and...

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