How does Miss Maudie demonstrate courage in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Miss Maudie demonstrated courage when her house was on fire because she worried more about her neighbors’ safety than her house.

Scout is awakened in the middle of the night one night when Miss Maudie’s house catches fire.  She watches as the town’s men try to help save her furniture, but she does not encourage them to take anything.  Her behavior puzzles Scout, because instead of grieving, she talks about how she is glad she can rebuild her house.

Miss Maudie looked around, and the shadow of her old grin crossed her face. "Always wanted a smaller house, Jem Finch. Gives me more yard. Just think, I'll have more room for my azaleas now!" (ch 8)

Miss Maudie is a gentlewoman who is only interested in helping people.  She cares more about others than herself, and she does not pass judgment on other people.  Her moral courage extends to physical courage when she watches her house on fire and is not afraid.

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