Overcoming Conflicts with Courage
On a daily basis, many people are challenged with obstacles that drive them into making tough decisions. At times, people don’t feel brave enough to face these challenges, but must overcome them by making brave decisions; being courageous. In the stories “Just lather that’s all” “Gentlemen’s your verdict” and “Dancer”, the characters express courageous acts influenced by different ways. The first way is when the characters follow their own morals and beliefs. Likewise when influenced by others actions. Finally, by not allowing their fears take over their overall judgment. Through each of the stories courage aids the character in providing them with motivation and success to overcome conflicts throughout.
Ultimately, our morals and beliefs are what guide us towards making brave choices. In the story “Just lather that’s all”, the Barber shows courage by following his beliefs to not kill a human being. Because he felt so strongly about sticking to his morals, the barber did not end up killing Captain Torres, because it was not of his nature to. These lines prove this statement, “But I don’t want to be a murder, no sir. You came to me for a shave. And I perform my work honorably. I don’t want blood on my hands. Just lather that’s all.” The barber stays true to his beliefs. Although he puts his life at risk, he could never kill a man, no matter what the circumstances because it is corrupt. He allows Captain Torres to leave his shop alive. The Barber he did not allow his passions take over his morals, beliefs, and brave judgment. Likewise in “Gentlemen your verdict”, Lieutenant-Commander Oram is a character who has to make a very courageous decision when realizing the submarine will sink. As the strong leader, Oram stands up and decides to resolve this conflict by sacrificing the death of 15 crewmen including himself, to save the 5 men with families. He makes this decision because he believes it is the right thing to do...
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