“I wanted you to see something about her—I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” Pg. 149 Ch. 11
These are more intelligent words that Atticus says to Jem. Jem got into some trouble one day. As a punishment Jem had to read to an old lady named Mrs. Dubose at her house everyday for a month. Jem hated it. Once the one month was over Atticus commanded Jem to keep reading to Mrs. Dubose for just one more week. A bit after that, Mrs. Dubose passed away. Jem did not realize but Mrs. Dubose was ill and was addicted to morphine. Atticus tells Jem that all the reading he had done helped Mrs. Dubose get off the morphine, and let her die without being an addict to morphine. This quote represents courage and even bravery. Atticus wanted to teach Jem what real courage is. He wanted to show how Mrs. Dubose was the bravest person he ever knew and how she had real courage.
This quote not only teaches Jem a lesson, but it shows everyone reading the book what real courage is. Most people when they’re a kid vision courage as someone who is manly and strong. However, that is not true at all. This is exactly why this is such a great quote. It truly explains to everyone that courage comes from internally. Not only do you have to believe in yourself, but you have to be brave as well. Being able to come out and fight through everything takes real bravery, To build up the bravery can be pretty tough sometimes. Anyone who is brave enough to stick to what they believe in and never give up is real courage.
Courage is not something you can just take from someone else or pick off the street.You have to believe in yourself and push through all the obstacles no matter how hard it gets. You have to be strong, and that does not mean physically, but Inside you. You have to believe and stay strong. Mrs. Dubose had courage because she never gave up. She was beaten down, tired and ill. Nevertheless it did not stop her to die without being an addict. There was no doubt that Mrs. Dubose suffered in pain and that it would be hard for her to quit, but she pushed through and that was the important thing. In the end she came through and died as how she wanted to. She over came her obstacle and won. Anybody can have courage like Mrs. Dubose you just have to believe in yourself and stay strong no matter what obstacles come your way. If you can conquer your fears, you are brave enough and have the courage to do anything you set your mind to.