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Mrs. Dubose relates to a theme of dignity in the novel. Her dignity is of a special kind. She faces an impossible challenge, according to Atticus, yet refuses to give up. Her challenge, to free herself of a prescription drug addiction, is similar to the challenge that Atticus accepts in defending Tom Robinson.
Writing a monologue on Mrs. Dubose, you might use her story as an example of the theme expressed by her character, emphasizing her courage.
Jem learns that his reading helped her to courageously defeat an addiction to morphine.
In the estimation of Atticus, Mrs. Dubose is one of the bravest people he has ever known. He respects the difficulty of her plight and her willingness to face that difficulty.
He admires Mrs. Dubose for her strength in fighting her morphine addiction even while disagreeing with her intolerant views.
Another thematic element of her story relates to the idea of looking past a person's exterior. When Scout introduces Mrs. Dubose into the story, the old woman is nothing more than a wicked and hurtful neighbor. Later, though Mrs. Dubose does not grow more lenient, Scout learns what kind of distress Mrs. Dubose managed to overcome.
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