Can anyone give me 3, or as many found, examples of how Mrs. Dubose shows courage in "To Kill A Mockingbird" with page numbers if able?

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sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't have page numbers for you, but here is most pertinent quotes about this character and her courage.  Before I give those, let me sum up - Mrs. Dubose showed courage by refusing to die when she was addicted to a drug.  She had used morphine as a pain killer, but had become addicted to it.  She was determined to break her addiction, even though she knew she was going to die.  She does this by having the children read to her every day to distract her, as she puts off taking the morphine by a little more time each day.  This experience also serves as a punishment for Jem because he destroyed her camellias. 

'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, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew.' (Atticus)

Besides this example, you could also say that Mrs. Dubose showed courage in speaking her mind about Atticus.  Although Atticus is well-respected in town, she does not hold back in telling everyone - including his children - of what she thinks about his choice to defend Tom Robinson.

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