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Courage Comparison Essay

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I found the definition of courage has various meanings, and there are three main themes or descriptions that show or prove courage. Mostly it is physical courage, emotional courage, and moral courage. The literature of English 421 taught me that it may take a little or a lot of courage to stand up for yourself in order to reach your goal, and you may find courage you never knew you had. I will describe situations of courage that I think were important in the three novels we read, beginning with the novel displaying the least courageous characters and finishing with the novel displaying the most courageous characters.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
It is my opinion this novel did not have the ...view middle of the document...

There was always the fear that some of Ralph’s boys would join up with Jack’s tribe. Eventually all the boys except Piggy sided with Jack, and they stole Piggy’s glasses for making fires. After Piggy’s death, Ralph had to find a way to survive alone, and that took courage because he knew Jack was hunting him and would kill him if he caught him.
I don’t think Ralph was naturally a courageous person, but when he really had to stand up for himself and Piggy, he found courage to stay civilized and be very brave until they boys were rescued. (Golding, 224) These acts of courage were physical and moral.
To Kill a Mocking Bird
To understand the type of courage shown in To Kill a Mockingbird, you have to know the setting, it is in a made up town in Alabama around 1935. This story is about racial prejudice and the courage it takes to stand up against neighbours, friends and family.
In the novel, Atticus defines courage as "... 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." (Lee, Chapter 11, page 121).
A really good example of courage is when Atticus is assigned a case that will cause problems for him and his family, because he will be defending a black man called Tom, in a town where whites and blacks were still believed to be very different people. He understood that taking the case could change the way people looked at him and his family and that no one would forgive him for believing in a black man's word and not the white man. Atticus believed standing up for his morals and ethics was more important than what people thought about him. This took a lot of moral courage. Atticus later shows courage when he went to the jail to protect Tom from a mob. Atticus knew that if a mob did go to the jail to lynch Tom, he would be beaten as well. Atticus is a very righteous man, and wants to set a good example for his children, Jem and Scout.
One of the best examples of courage in To Kill a Mockingbird comes from Mrs. Dubose. She was a sick old lady, that was dying and she decided she wanted to die...

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