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In Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird she demonstrates the daily lifeof a family in Alabama during The Great Depression During this classicnovel Lee shows the reader acts of courage multiple times Courage iswhat it takes to do something that you fear For example touching theRadleys house stopping a neighbors addiction to morphine and being afirefighter all are examples of courage At the beginning of the novel Jem and Scout are very frightened by BooRadleys house They would try to stay as far away from the Radleyshouse as they could Although they were frightened by the Radley housethey were curious as to what Boo Radley looked like Nobody everconsidered going near the house let alone touching it However one dayJem was dared to touch the house Jem claimed that he never ran awayfrom a dare Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of thehouse slapped it with his palm and ran Lee 18 This quote showshow much courage it took for Jem to do this You can tell he was fearfulabout touching the house due to his hesitance Completing this daredemonstrates courage because Jem had to overcome his fear of theRadleys houseMrs Dubose is one Jem and Scouts neighbors She was a very strict arude lady Every time Jem or Scout walked by her house she saidsomething negative to them Whenever Atticus walked by Mrs Dubose hewould always say something very nice to her Jem and Scout askedAtticus their father why he was so kind to Mrs Dubose He explainedto them that Mrs Dubose was addicted to morphine Atticus explains toJem and Scout I wanted you to see what real courage is instead ofgetting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand Its whenyou know youre licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you seeit through no matter what You rarely win but sometimes you do MrsDubose won all ninety-eight pounds of her According
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