Courage Essay

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Courage. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Respect, bravery, admiration, fear or may be…nothing. Courage can often be hard to define and even harder to demonstrate. Some people would say that courage is someone with a strong heart. While others would say that courage is telling the truth instead of denying it. In the dictionary, courage is defined as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and to withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, displays true courage as standing up for what one believes in even if it means risking something important. For one to demonstrate courage, they must have physical and mental strength and determination. But most important, they must have self-confidence. In my eyes, to be courageous, one must be willing to accept a task, no matter what it may be; someone who cares more about standing up for what’s right rather than what they must go through to get to there. (“Courage,” Merriam-Webster)

True courage is when you fight for what’s right regardless of whether you win or lose. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch defined courage as “It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” (Lee, 124) This type of courage is displayed throughout the novel, mainly shown in the long period of time during Tom Robinson’s case. It all started when Atticus took the case. He went against Maycomb, a town of prejudice and racism, in order to defend this man. Atticus understood that his reputation would suffer and that the townsfolk would ridicule him and even threaten him. When his own sister, Aunt Alexandra, expresses her disapproval against his decision, telling him that he was bringing disgrace to the family, Atticus refuses to change his mind. He believed in justice and equality throughout all people and standing up for his believes and ethnics were more important than what people thought of him....
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