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Courage: A Trait That Makes One Special

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Shakespeare said, “Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?” What better way to express Desdemona’s deep affection for Othello than this quote. Courage is a trait that is exhibited through many characters in the play, Othello, by Shakespeare. It is the capability to stand up for what one believes in even in the face of great adversity. Courage is a characteristic that sets a person apart from the rest.
In Othello, by Shakespeare, two characters, Desdemona and Emilia, share a common trait: courage. An act of courage is already seen early in the play. In Act 1, Scene 3, Desdemona goes against her father’s will. Her father despises the fact that his daughter is married to a Moor and would not accept their marriage. However, she follows her heart rather than listening to her father. “I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my husband. And so much duty as my mother showed to you, preferring you before her father, So much I challenge that I may profess due to the Moor my lord” (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 214-8). She shows a great deal of courage because back in the days, in Shakespeare’s time, women really did not have a voice in society. They would have to obey to their father’s commands. Therefore, Desdemona’s action truly shows the courage that she possesses within her, which makes her different from the other characters.
Another character that possesses this outstanding trait is none other than Emilia. After seeing Desdemona's lifeless body after Othello killed her, Emilia demonstrates her courage. "I will not charm my tongue, I am bound to speak" (Act 5, Scene 2, Line 220). Though threatened with her own husband's dagger, she maintains her virtue and "will speak as liberal as the north... speak" (Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 261-3). Her actions here prove that she is extremely courageous. Not only does she not hinder when she is being threatened by death, she vows to speak the truth, no matter what the consequences may be. This truly sets Emilia apart from the other characters in the play.
In “Notes From a Young American in Congo: The Stigma of Rape,” Amy Ernst interviews survivors of sexual assaults. Lara Logan, a CBS reporter, referred to her attack in an interview on “60 Minutes” as “hands raping me over and over and over again.” A survivor from the most painful experience a person can endure; she had the courage to speak about the stigmatizing experience. By speaking out, she has given other survivors of sexual assaults the courage to speak out as well and not be afraid of what others might think or say. She has taken a big step in fighting back, but not only for herself, but for other victims as well. As demonstrated here, Logan’s courage in speaking sets her apart from others.
In “Persistence and Courage,” the United States had the courage to track down the Al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden. Although it took nearly a decade, the United States had killed the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Even though...

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