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"I'm Going To Finish What I Started.";Courage In The Book Thief And The Secret Life Of Bees

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Courage is the quality of mind that enables one to face danger with confidence, resolution, and firm control of oneself. This idea of courage is shown in many novels in different ways. The Book Thief, a World War II era based novel by Markus Zusak and The Secret Life of Bees, a civil rights era novel by Sue Monk Kidd both give us interpretations of courage. Zusak, in The Book Thief, shows us that courage gets us through life, even if we are afraid. Kidd shows us that courage can help us obtain what we desire. Both books demonstrate that courage guides a person to stand up for what a person believes in.
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They then have to use courage to attain their goal, and overcome the obstacles. Lily, a 14 year old girl raised by an abusive father named T-Ray, wants to leave him and live with someone else. She wants to stay with a caring step-in mother named August Boatwright. “‘We’re going home’, he said… ‘ I’m not leaving’. The words hung there, hard and gleaming. Like pearls I’d been fashioning down inside my belly for weeks.” (Kidd 296). This quote shows that Lily is afraid to tell T-Ray that she wants to stay with August. Lily wants the abuse to stop.In order to accomplish her goal, she finds courage to stand up to T-Ray and tell him that she wants to stay with August. Unlike what other people would do, she did not keep her feelings inside of her and stay with T-Ray. This courage allows her to face the hardship, even if she is afraid to do it.
Next, both books say that courage can aid you to stand up for what you believe in. Because characters in The Book Thief, and The Secret Life of Bees have hatred towards certain people, many of the characters have to use courage to speak their opinion. In The Book Thief, a setting where many people hate the Jews, the people in the book have to get courage to help the Jews. “The Jew stood before him, expecting another handful of derision, but he watched with everyone else as Hans Hubermann held his hand out and presented a piece of bread.” (Zusak 394). This quote demonstrates that Hans had the courage to help the Jewish person. He believes they deserve better treatment, so he helped them. Most people would have stayed back and kept the bread, but he had the courage to stand up for what he thinks is right, even though it was a very dangerous idea. At the same time, The...

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