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What do Jem and Scout learn about courage in Chapters 10 & 11 and how do they learn this?

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Introduction

What do Jem and Scout learn about courage in Chapters 10 & 11 and how do they learn this? In chapters 10 & 11, Jem and Scout are about to learn valuable lessons in courage. They learn these various lessons by seeing certain events which are then followed by an explanation. In this essay I will be discussing what and how they learn about courage through this. ...read more.

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Atticus succeeds this task to the children's surprise. By doing so, Atticus showed the children that he was a courageous man due to facing a rabid dog. Miss Maudie then explains to the children that Atticus only shot the dog because he had to, "I guess he decided he wouldn't shoot till he had to, and he had to today." Through this event the children learnt that courage did not have to be shown through using a weapon but can be represented on a moral level instead. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jem soon proves to himself that he does have the courage to face Mrs Dubose alone with Scout, albeit to the rumours he had heard. From carrying out his punishment, Jem realises that Mrs Dubose has been keeping him longer than agreed. Atticus explains to Jem that she is a morphine addict who is weaning herself off the drug so that she can die in pain, and from Jem reading to her keeps her mind off the drug. From this event Jem and Scout learn that courage is not a man with a gun, but something you do when you know you can't win. ...read more.

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