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Aunt Alexandra displays courage by coming to Maycomb to help her brother raise Scout and Jem during the trial. She knows she is stepping into a hornet’s nest, and that Atticus is the target of all kinds of controversy. She worries constantly about him, and about the children. She also has to stand up to the town ladies of the Missionary Circle.
After Atticus comes in to tell her about the death of Tom Robinson, she gathers herself together and goes back out to face the pleasantries. That is truly heroic. Scout is very impressed and inspired. She notes:
After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.
Miss Maudie shows courage in some of the same ways. She, like Alexandra, has social courage. She is not afraid to be herself and say what she thinks. She is independent. She also shows courage during and after the fire. She is brave throughout, and just picks up the pieces and moves on with her life. She displays this same courage at the Missionary Circle meeting. She asks:
“His food doesn’t stick going down, does it?”
Miss Maudie stands up to the ladies, letting them know she thinks they are hypocritical.
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