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Posted March 10, 2010 at 4:00 AM via web

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Why does Atticus believe that Mrs. Dubose was one of the "bravest" people he had ever known?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 10, 2010 at 4:09 AM (Answer #1)

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Atticus believes this because of how bravely Mrs. Dubose fought against the disease that was killing her.

Mrs. Dubose was dying and had been using morphine to dull the pain from her disease.  But, towards the end of her life, she chose to stop using the morphine.  She wanted to just take the pain and live with her mind clear rather than continuing to use the drugs.

Atticus says that it takes a brave person to keep fighting even though they know they have lost, and that is exactly what Mrs. Dubose had done.

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