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How do Scout and Jem learn about tolerance and courage with Mrs Dubose in To Kill a...

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andela | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 25, 2012 at 6:58 AM via web

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How do Scout and Jem learn about tolerance and courage with Mrs Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird?

I'm writing an essay and I want to do a paragraph on tolerance and courage with Mrs. Dubose. I'm finding it hard to put plenty of information in it or find good enough quotes.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM (Answer #1)

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It is primarily Jem who experiences the lessons first-hand with Mrs. Dubose. He learns about controlling his temper and being tolerant toward the opinions of others when Atticus upholds Mrs. Dubose's wish for Jem to come and read to her. During their reading sessions, Jem finds that it is best to bite his tongue and allow the old lady to vent than to say what's really on his mind. He eventually learns about Mrs. Dubose's unique brand of courage when Atticus informs him that her crankiness and hateful nature stem from her attempts to rid herself of a longstanding morphine addiction. She is dying but is willing to go through the torture of going cold turkey so she will end her life "beholden to nothing and nobody." Atticus downplays his own killing of the mad dog in the previous chapter by allowing Jem to

"... see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand."  (Chapter 11)


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