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On what page in To Kill a Mockingbird does Atticus tell Jem about courage?On the page...

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mcweis | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 12, 2011 at 3:52 AM via web

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On what page in To Kill a Mockingbird does Atticus tell Jem about courage?

On the page Atticus says a specific quote to Jem which is "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2011 at 4:04 AM (Answer #1)

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There are several mentions of courage in To Kill A Mockingbird, but the most significant conversation between Atticus and Jem occurs after Mrs. Dubose dies on pg. 149 at the end of chapter 11.  Atticus states:

"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

Mrs. Dubose was fighting a morphine addiction.  She succeeded in stopping her morphine right before she died.  While Jem was reading to her, she was taking less and less.

Atticus wants Jem to get to know Mrs. Dubose because she is demonstrating a different kind of courage.  It’s not a physical kind of courage like facing down a mad dog.  It’s a more important kind of courage- mental courage, and courage in the face of emotional and physical pain.

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hottiesaywhat | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 10, 2011 at 12:36 PM (Answer #2)

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In My Book, With the 1960's copyright, its on page 112

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miguelserrato98 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 9, 2012 at 5:16 AM (Answer #3)

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In my book it's on the very last page of chapter 11 "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

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