Merely Ordinary Acts of Bravery

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Merely Ordinary Acts of Bravery | TKAM Essay | Eunice Choi | p4 H.English Wu

One 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...