* According to Atticus, courage is not just a man with a gun in his hand. Its when you know youre licked before you begin but you begin anyway
* Courage is doing the right thing for your own self. Showing courage is a choice a person makes but this choice is normally the harder rather than easier.
* Mrs Dubose shows courage in fighting against her addiction to morphine to die beholden to nothing and nobody, despite knowing she will have to go through suffering and pain.
* Although Dr Reynolds told her she only had a few months left to live, she still wanted to break free of morphine
* She shows tremendous moral courage to recognise her own flaw and do something about it.
* She knew she was dying, but she tried her hardest to beat it.
* She stood up for her personal beliefs and went against the doctor??™s prescription without fear, she neglected suffering for her morals
* Most people with terminal illness would choose to numb the pain, but she chose to muster up courage and fight for independence against it with tremendous determination, despite the hardship.
* Mrs. Dubose did not fear death, but challenged death through her perseverance to leave this world free of addiction
* As Atticus said, “she won” her fight with morphine, with no guns or pistols but with her own determination, and she was the bravest person he had ever known.
* Against all the odds Mrs Dubose pulled through this struggle and finished what she started even if it was a useless victory for her
* Mrs Dubose displays the theme prejudice when she mocks Atticus for defending a black man. She said to Jem, ???Not only Finch waiting on tables but one in the courthouse lawing for niggers!??? ???Your fathers no better than the niggers and trash he works for!???
* Mrs. Dubose dislikes the Finches just because Atticus is a white man defending a black man. Since Atticus is defending Tom Robinson Mrs. Dubose starts to insult Atticus for lawing for niggers.
* She is so prejudiced and stereotyped against blacks, constantly having the rigid mindset that all blacks are inferior and uncivilized, that even whites of high social class associated with them is being discriminated by her.
* Even his children, who are indirectly related to TR, are being mocked by her.
* She shows no sympathy for Atticus or Tom Robinson, who are both already being mocked in society
* Mrs Dubose is part of an external conflict with the children throughout the novel. ???Jem and I hated her???. They thought she was vicious, sassy and disrespectful, while Mrs Dubose hated the children as well.
* Whenever they walked past, she would be snappy with the children, ???Don??™t you say hey to me, you ugly girl!???
* She would point out all their flaws and reprimand them with anything they said, ???Don??™t you lie to me!??? or ???Don??™t you contradict me!???
* Later, Jem also cut off the tops of her camellia bushes, causing Mrs Dubose to rage. She ordered him to read to her every afternoon, but Jem refused, stirring up another conflict between them.
* Mrs Dubose created conflict with many individuals, especially Jem and Scout, with her sassy cranky nature
* By acting highly unsociable, she puts them down whenever they pass by. Thus Scout and Jem don??™t like to pass by her house. Even though they do their best to be nice to her, she still criticizes the children and Atticus.
* This annoys the children and makes them dislike her, also being mean to her in return.
* Both parties are constantly in argument, stirring up conflicts.
* Mrs Dubose also provides some form of moral education for the children.
* She sets an example of courage which Atticus uses to teach the children. He says, ???Mrs Dubose won, all 98 pounds of her. She was the bravest person I ever knew.??? She illustrates Atticus??™s point that courage is ???when you know you??™re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what???
* She contributes to the moral of courage which Jem and Scout have learned thanks to her.
* She displayed tremendous courage in still pulling through with what she planned, it was painful for her but she still went through with it. She was terminally ill but still did not give up. She stood up for her beliefs and fought against all odds, knowing she will be suffering. This taught the children moral courage and dignity.
* She also showed to not judge a person by his appearance, for although she seems wicked and evil on the outside, she is a strong woman at heart who holds her dignity up high
To Kill a Mocking Bird – Courage, Prejudice, Conflict & Education
March 19, 2017 | by adminSchool Papers