In Coraline by Neil Gaiman , Coraline tells the cat a story from when she was younger. She went on a walk with her father, when suddenly, her father tells Coraline to run. They had stepped on a wasp nest, and her father let himself get stung so Coraline could...
In Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Coraline tells the cat a story from when she was younger. She went on a walk with her father, when suddenly, her father tells Coraline to run. They had stepped on a wasp nest, and her father let himself get stung so Coraline could run away. After he ran, he dropped his glasses and needed to return to get them before he forgot where they were. Coraline tells the cat:
"He said that he wasn’t scared when he was standing there and the wasps were stinging him and hurting him and he was watching me run away. Because he knew he had to give me enough time to run, or the wasps would have come after both of us . . . And he said that wasn’t brave of him, doing that, just standing there and being stung,” said Coraline to the cat. “It wasn’t brave because he wasn’t scared: it was the only thing he could do. But going back again to get his glasses, when he knew the wasps were there, when he was really scared. That was brave."
The cat asks her why that was brave of him, and Coraline answers, "Because . . . when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”
Coraline defines bravery as choosing to do something in spite of being scared. Coraline demonstrates this definition of bravery by going back to save her parents from the other mother.
We see how Coraline is scared, but she does it anyway. The other mother asks her:
"What exactly are you offering?"
"Me," said Coraline, and she gripped her knees under the table, to stop them from shaking. "If I lose I'll stay here with you forever . . ."
In this passage, Coraline's shaking knees shows us she is frightened. But she grabs them to stop the shaking and proceeds with the game anyway. Coraline follows her definition of bravery.