In The Cider House Rules explain the significance of the moments of courage that present themselves.Thanks for your help.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say that the search for courage might rest with Homer.  I think that a case could also be made for Dr. Larch, but Homer embodies courage in a couple of ways.  Homer's desire for freedom and his willingness to embrace an uncertain future where living life to its fullest is vitally important is an act of courage for it is without fear or abandon.  When Homer decides to leave the orphanage, there is little fear in his actions, while he lacks the knowledge to fully grasp what lies ahead.  At the same time, I think that Homer represents courage when he embraces and understands that he must become what he used to detest.  His stand on abortion, as principled as it was, is something that he learns to place in a different context.  When performing the abortion on Rose Rose, there is courage evident for he is confronting what he originally opposed.  I think that in this light there is a sense of courage, as Homer is able to embrace change and understand that being right and doing right might be two different things at times.

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