“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 won. … She was the bravest person I knew. “
Looking at these words from To Kill a Mockingbird, Mrs. Dubose’s actions certainly fit the definition of courage. She decided to get herself clean from her morphine habit before she died. This might not sound like bravery or courage to some, but what she had to face and the pain one must have to endure when kicking a drug addiction is rather extreme. She knew it would be hard, yet she did it anyway. Atticus wanted his kids to see this aspect of humanity, like he said, to see what real courage is. They thought him courageous and brave after having shot the mad dog, but he wanted to show them that courage can be someone fighting against insurmountable odds….much like he is with the Tom Robinson case.