Courage In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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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…show more content…
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.” Courage isn’t being able to act like nothing will scare you or make life more difficult, it’s the ability to realize that something will be difficult or scary and you overcome the difficulty. Courage is the ability to overcome hardship, not avoid it or create more of it to make yourself seem more
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