Mother's Courage in "The Leap"In "The Leap", what are the many ways in which the narrator’s mother displays courage? What do her actions imply about her character?

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The mother in "The Leap" shows courage in almost countless ways. One simple way is that she makes her way around her house by herself, without complaining, even though she is old and blind. The more dramatic ways, of course, are the various leaps that she takes. When she performed as a trapeze artist, that took courage. When she kept her head when the storm struck the circus tent, that took even more. If she'd panicked, she would have killed her husband. When she leapt to the burning house to rescue her daughter, that took courage—but so did stripping down to her underwear in public to do so.