Courage Definition Essay

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Definition Essay Have you ever wondered what true courage is? According to Atticus Finch in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” In my opinion, I feel that my definition of courage is similar to Harper Lee’s. Although you know it may not turn out in your favor, you still do the best you can because you know it’s the right thing to do. As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary courage is the “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.” The majority of dictionaries will tell the reader the same thing, that courage is the ability to overcome something although it may be unwanted or difficult. For many, they have a different definition of courage. When I searched to see what other people thought of courage I came across several different answers. Some say that courage is when a person has the ability to act disregarding their feelings or the potentially bad things that could come from the situation. Other answers were given in the form of examples, stating that saying sorry in situations where a person is in the wrong takes courage. One explanation says that courage is getting out of bed and living out our daily lives. To many the definition of courage differs depending who you ask or what the situation. Although the definition of courage differs to many people, there are several examples of what courage is not. Many people confuse courage for not being scared of what could happen, Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important that fear.” Co... ... middle of paper ... ... and legs. Kyle wasn’t able to take steps again until the spring of 2011. Kyle Carpenter remained at Walter Reed Medical Hospital for another year after he took his first steps since the attack. He was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon for his actions in Afghanistan. Since his injuries Kyle Carpenter has become a full time student at the University of South Carolina, has done public speaking and has even run marathons and skydived. In the end, I think that the stories I’ve shared exemplified courage in two different ways. Sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone and do things we do not want to do. There is no cookie cutter definition for courage, but I believe that it courage will always be about doing the best we can with the situations we’re dealt no matter the consequence.
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