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Moral Courage. After reading the story On the Rainy River, and the books, Antigone and Oedipus Rex, the reader can discern various instances where moral courage was displayed.

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How Much Courage do you Have? Moral Courage: It is the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences. After reading the story On the Rainy River, and the books, Antigone and Oedipus Rex, the reader can discern various instances where moral courage was displayed. However, there are a few instances where the opposite is true. Moral courage is always the best choice, no matter what the consequences are. Examining these examples of moral courage: those of Tim O?Brien, Antigone, and Oedipus, will show that moral courage is always the right choice. On the Rainy River showed a lack of moral courage. In the story, a boy named Tim O?Brien received a draft letter from the Army to go fight in the Vietnam war. Tim felt that the war was unjustified and he did not want to fight. He ran away from home to a lodge in Minnesota near the Canadian border. The owner of the lodge, Elroy, let him stay without charge. ...read more.

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He should have realized killing Antigone was wrong. His first clue was the wise advice his son gave him about what the people thought about Antigone. The second, was that he knew what the gods wanted to happen to a dead body regardless of what the person did. Bodies were to be buried not left for the birds and dogs. Despite this knowledge, the king let the pressure of other nations, knowing he did not follow through with his word, stop him from doing the right thing. Once he realized the error of his ways, it was too late. King Creon?s son, his wife and Antigone were dead. Oedipus Rex is the last example of moral courage. When Oedipus was born, an Oracle foretold that he would kill his father and marry his mother. Because of this, his feet were bound and he was left in the forest to die. Oedipus was found and later adopted by the King and Queen of Corinth. Oedipus ran away from Polybus, the king of Corinth, when he heard of the curse that he would kill his father and marry his mother. ...read more.

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He had cursed the killer to banishment. He knew that if he left Thebes, he would save his people from the curse put upon the city. Oedipus thought the people would prosper and would be happy. As a good king, he always wanted the best for his people and he knew what the right thing to do was, to leave. This is exactly what he did. Even though he did not anticipate the tragic event that occurred, he showed that he had moral courage and as a result, he saved many lives. From reading these stories, even though moral courage might be hard to show, it is best for everyone and can be done. Thebes began to prosper again because Oedipus left and the gods were not angered because Antigone showed moral courage. In contrast, in On the Rainy River, the war was prolonged and lives that could have been saved were lost because Tim O?Brien went to war. The life lesson the reader can learn is that it might be hard, it might not be to your benefit, but do the right thing. ...read more.

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