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by Harper Lee

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How does Mrs. Dubose show courage in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Mrs. Dubose shows courage in To Kill a Mockingbird by attempting to overcome her morphine addiction and face withdrawal during the last weeks of her life.

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At first glance, Harper Lee's characterization of Mrs. Dubose is that of an extremely nasty old woman who takes out her unhappiness on the children for no particular reason. This sets the reader against her from her introduction, and it only gets worse when she says nasty things about Atticus in front the children. The fact that her interactions with Atticus are so sweet and kind are difficult to connect to her angry and bitter interactions with the children.

So it is somewhat shocking when Atticus suggests that she is one of the bravest people he's ever met.

As previous posters noted, her decision to confront her addiction is a brave one. There were no drugs like methadone to help with the withdrawal and given her age, it is very likely going to be too much for her to handle and might kill her. Knowing that, she still chooses to take the chance.

And she endures the withdrawal quietly and mostly alone. Jem reading to her helps to pass the time but it is clear that she still goes through terrible...

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