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In Chapter 11, what does Atticus imply when he says that Mrs.Dubose is a model of real...

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In Chapter 11, what does Atticus imply when he says that Mrs.Dubose is a model of real courage rather than " a man with a gun in his hand"?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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ms-einstein | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted November 12, 2011 at 4:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Atticus regards Mrs. Dubose as a woman of courage because she lives life on her own terms. She became a morphine addict after a doctor prescribed it for pain years earlier. When the doctor informs Mrs. Debose she has a few months left to live, she decides she will not die as a morphine addict. She endures withdrawal and dying without the palliative care of morphine. As Atticus points out, Mrs. Debose died conscious and cankerous. Although Mrs. Debose criticized Atticus for defending a black man and condemned his children, he still admires her strength, conviction, and courage. A man with a gun can end conflict quickly from a distance, but Atticus realizes true bravery is found inside no matter how scary or uncomfortable the situation.

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