Merely Ordinary Acts Of Bravery Essay

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Merely Ordinary Acts of Bravery | TKAM Essay | Eunice Choi | p4 H.English WuOne of the Dauntless manifestos from the book Divergent is: "We believe in ordinary acts of bravery - in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another." Even Veronica Roth, the author of the book Divergent, is saying through the manifestos in her book, that true courage are just ordinary acts. She demonstrates that courage is only acted upon by a hero like a firefighter or a superhero but by ordinary people and by ordinary acts. Harper Lee, the author of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, also wants to teach us what real courage is and what kind of people may have that kind of courage. Some people might only suggest that courage is doing something impetuous but that is on the contrary. True courage is when is when one takes on the fight that one knows he/she will lose, simply because one believes the cause to such courage is to be honorable and true courage is also when one steps out of his/her comfort zone to help someone in need because one is taking a risk for someone else while also exceeding the personal limitations one had for him/herself to interact with others.Taking on the fight that one knows he/she will lose is one of the major types of courage shown in To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus obviously knows that he will lose the case of Tom Robinson with his defense but when Scout asks him why he keeps wanting to press on, Atticus shows Scout his opinions about the case by answering her, "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win" (101), and reveals to Scout that he knows that he is going to lose the case, however, he will not give up and keep defending Tom Robinson because Atticus knows that is the right thing to do. Rather than giving up and not caring what will become of Tom Robinson, Atticus decides show true courage to Maycomb and his kids by defending Tom when no one else wants to simply because he is a negroe. Because of Atticus's actions, many of the townspeople come to realize that the action Atticus is showing is really honorable. When Jem doesn't understand why Atticus is taking the case, Miss Maudie explains to him that she "simply want[s] to tell [him] that there are some men in this world who were born to do [other people's] unpleasant jobs for [them]" (288) but numerous amounts of those men are not willing to do so, however, there are men in this world that decides to stand up for what's right despite what society says and steps up to the plate to take the dirty job, like how Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson. Miss Maudie continues explaining that "[Jem's] father's one of them" (288). Miss Maudie clears to Jem and Scout that not every man out in the world is like Atticus. Many people decide not to care and just follow the direction of the wind. However, Atticus shows how taking on the fight also takes courage because that pathway is not a winner's route, but a loser's. It's not...

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