Courage Eassy

by Lami
(NY, USA)

Original Text: Courage Eassy


Courage is often described with noun fear or danger along with verb overcome or conquers. Courage is a mental strength to rise above fear in order to perform an act. This character trait is highlighted as a theme in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Also, there are many famous quotes attributed to courage.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines courage as a “state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger with self-possession.” This definition is appropriate as it attributes the mind to allow a person to face danger.

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus explained courage, as “It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew.” Atticus described that Mrs. Dubose summoned enough mental strength to overcome her addiction to morphine before she leave this earth. That is also why Atticus wanted Jem and Scout to go and read to Mrs. Dubose for a month to break up the time she takes morphine before she passes away.

Mark Twin quoted, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” He also focused on fear, the nemesis of courage. He described courage as a battle to first resist and then to conquer fear. However without fear, there is no courage.

Jean Paul Ritcher mentioned, “A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person after afterwards.” This quote is a sarcastic view of a person state of mind when confronted with danger. Making them courageous after the event. However, afterward can be interpreted as when a person confront and overcome the danger. For example when a soldier is asked to charge a hill and is confronted with fear. At the time the shooting start, the soldier probably tried to hide as much as possible. After the battle is won, the soldier emerged as a courageous person.

“Courage is fear that has said its prayer” is a quote from Dorothy Bernard. This quote states that courage is a transformation of fear. The fear is conquered in this case with a prayer. Prayer is used here to describe the mean to overcome fear. For example someone with fear of flying may say prayer before a flight and get on. Fear is transformed to courage to get onto a plane.

There are many examples in literatures on courage. They would most likely be in a form where someone would summon enough mental strength to overcome fear or danger in order to perform a selfless act. Courage is one of the high honors to bestow on a person and elevates a common person to a hero.

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Revised Text:

Courage Essay


Courage is often described using the nouns fear or danger along with the verbs overcome or conquer. Courage is the mental strength to rise above fear in order to perform an act. This character trait is highlighted as a theme in Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird." There are also many famous quotes pertaining to courage.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines courage as a “state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger with self-possession.” This definition is appropriate as it attributes to the mind what allows a person to face danger.

In Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird," Atticus explained courage by “It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew.” Atticus explained that Mrs. Dubose summoned enough mental strength to overcome her addiction to morphine before she left this earth. That is also why Atticus wanted Jem and Scout to go and read to Mrs. Dubose for a month, to break up the time she takes morphine before she passed away.

Mark Twin stated, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” He also focused on fear, the nemesis of courage. He described courage as a battle to first resist and then to conquer fear. However without fear, there is no courage.

Jean Paul Ritcher mentioned, “A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.” This quote is a sarcastic view of a person's state of mind when confronted with danger, making them courageous after the event. However, "afterward" can be interpreted as when a person confronts and overcomes the danger. For example, when a soldier is asked to charge a hill and is confronted with fear. At the time the shooting starts, the soldier probably tries to hide as much as possible. After the battle is won, the soldier emerges as a courageous person.

“Courage is fear that has said its prayer” is a quote from Dorothy Bernard. This quote states that courage is a transformation of fear. The fear is conquered in this case with a prayer. Prayer is used here to describe the means to overcome fear. For example, someone with a fear of flying may say a prayer before a flight and get on. Fear is transformed to courage to get onto a plane.

There are many examples of courage in literature. They would most likely be in a form where someone would summon enough mental strength to overcome fear or danger in order to perform a selfless act. Courage is one of the high honors to bestow on a person and elevates a common person to a hero.

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