English 3 AP
1 April 2013
Patiently awaiting the doctor’s return, Allison aimlessly flips through magazines while pondering what her results will read. She repeatedly tells herself “This time, I will be free. I will remain strong. I won’t give up.” This is her 17th visit to the oncologist in 6 months, and it’s her 17th time sitting in the waiting room to see if her body has finally rid of the cancer once and for all. Over the past 3 years, Allison has never lost hope, she constantly strives for recovery and right now she is ready to face her results that will have an immense effect on her life. Allison is courageous. It is a common misconception that courage is only shown through a magnificent act of bravery which is why it is necessary to explain the true meaning of the commonly used word. Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one. Courage is what drives aspirations. The amount of courage you possess will determine how successful you are in the end. Courage is determination. Courage is bravery. Courage is being dauntless. By pursuing something that you are exceedingly fearful of, you demonstrate a vast amount of courage that most will never come to uphold. Courage is standing up and fighting for our country instead of ridiculing the government and saying war is unbeneficial. By risking their own life to fight for America’s freedom while also being ridiculed by the very Americans they are fighting for, American soldiers are some of the most courageous people in the world because they are overcoming the universal fear of death not even for themselves, but for the benefit of others. Courage does not have to be a grand act such as sprinting into a burning building in order to save numerous lives. An eleven year old kid confronting a vicious bully at school also requires a massive amount of bravery which means that standing up for oneself is an act of courage as well. Courage is shown in any situation...
...The Definition of Courage
Throughout each and every day, the courage of many people is tested in various ways. Whether it is a firefighter risking his life for others, an acrophobic going skydiving, or someone simply making friends with a stranger. To me courage is being able to control your emotions and do what is needed to be done, despite any danger or risks. The textbook definition of courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. However, courage is not simply having the will to do something you do not have to do, it is much more than that.
Having courage can mean a plethora of things. It could mean being able to remain level-headed in a dangerous situation. Like a firefighter going into a burning building to save a kitten. It is that thought in the back of your head you have that says everything will be okay and keeps you going even though you feel like you are going to die. This could even apply to a mere child going through a haunted house on halloween.
In the dictionary, it says the definition of courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. With that, you could say someone with courage could be a rock climber, trusting himself and his equipment with...
...“Courage is doing what you have to do even though you are afraid” said once my friend Angelina. Do you believe this is true? In my opinion, I believe it to be true. True courage is the willingness to keep fighting even when victory seems impossible. The etymological definition, situations that people I know and myself have experienced, and the movie The Red Badge of Courage all explore and show this willingness to battle against the odds.
To begin with, what is the “true” definition of courage? According to the dictionary, courage is the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution. For example, bravery in a battle, being able to stand up for yourself, or not allowing peer pressure get the best of you when a group of friends offer a cigarette, etc. Courage can be the one and only state of mind that most likely will get you through the most difficult situations one may face in life to the ones that are not so difficult. Think back to an experienced difficult time. Did courage get you by?
With this in mind, I can’t help but to think about when my family and I moved from Ukraine to the United States back when I was just six years old; and how courageous my mother was when she made that big decision that would affect all of us...
Do we remember the period in Canada’s history in which Canada experienced an economic boom? Of course we’ll have trouble remembering because this period was followed shortly afterwards by one of the worst depressions in Canada’s history. This period is referred to by many as the “Roaring Twenties”. This “Golden Age” of Canada was followed by the Great Depression. How could a depression that lasted for ten years occur after a period of economic prosperity? A major reason is because the economic conditions and lifestyles of Canadians during the 1920s had a very large impact on the prosperity of the 1930s. If Canadians and business owners were less optimistic about the future during the 1920s they would have been affected less by the depression of the
1930s. If Canada were to have been less reliant on the sale of exports and natural resources in the 1920s they would have been devastated less by the depression. If
Canadians were to have changed their lifestyles by buying fewer items on credit they would have been devastated less by the Great Depression. If Canadians were to have bought less shares of a company by buying on margin in the 1920s they would have been devastated less by ‘Black Tuesday’. Although the 1920s of Canada were considered the
“Roaring Twenties”, the lifestyles of Canadians and the Canadian economic underpinnings of this period were the underlying causes of the Great Depression.
The optimism of Canadians and business owners were a...
...It was once said “Courage is measured by an individual’s willingness to continue
fighting, even when the likelihood of victory is small.” In other words, even though
people know the outcome of what their doing might not be what they want people still try
their hardest. Two pieces of literature that prove this statement true are Night by Elie
Wiesel and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
First of all, in Night Elie Wiesel was a young boy forced to work because of his
religion. Elie Wiesel uses the literary device, setting to describe how hard things were
during the Holocaust. He describes each camp that he was sent to clear enough that the
reader could get a clear image in your head of what those places must have looked like
and how hard it must have been to work there. For example, he was forced to sleep in
small disease infested houses with an abundance of people; they barely had clothes on, had
one blanket for each person and some people did not have shoes. Each concentration
camp they went to was a whole different world and had to work with little strength during
the worst conditions. For example, all the prisoners were forced to run miles and miles to
the Buchenwald camp while there was snow on the ground. Furthermore, characterization
is also used throughout the story to describe Elie and how he survived the way did during
horrible times. For instance, Elie knew and saw people die in...
1.The ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous.
The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger or fear with self-possession, confidence, and resolution bravery.
4. The power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain, etc
Examples of COURAGE
1. She has the courage to support unpopular causes.
2. It takes courage to stand up for your rights.
"No one can answer for his courage when he has never been in danger" [Duc de la Rochefoucauld Maxims]
"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage" [Seneca Letters to Lucilius]
"Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point" [C.S. Lewis]
"Screw your courage to the sticking place" [William Shakespeare Macbeth]
Courage is a highly acclaimed trait in a person. It is raised up in war and times of struggle, but sometimes the intentions behind these courageous actions are overlooked. The value of courage lies not in the act itself, but in the motivations and values behind it. Simple being brave does not constitute courage.
If an act is performed that has no thought behind, it loses its value. In the words of orator and lawyer Robert Green Ingersoll, "Courage without conscience (a person's moral sense of right and wrong,...
...Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.
In some traditions, fortitude holds approximately the same meaning as courage. In the Western tradition, notable thoughts on courage have come from philosophers such as Aristotle, Aquinas and Kierkegaard; in the Eastern tradition, some thoughts on courage were offered by the Tao Te Ching. More recently, courage has been explored by the discipline of psychology.
There is a tradition moving back to Ancient Greek philosophy for counting courage or fortitude as one of the four cardinal virtues, along with prudence, justice, and temperance. ("Cardinal" in this sense means "pivotal"; it is one of the four cardinal virtues because to possess any virtue, a person must be able to sustain it in the face of difficulty.)
As a desirable quality, courage is discussed broadly in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, where its vice of shortage is cowardice and its vice of excess is recklessness.
In the Roman Empire, courage formed part of the universal virtue of virtus....
...Atticus Finch: The Definition of Courage
Atticus states that "courage is...when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what" (112). It takes a courageous man to face negative pressures of a society. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a courageous father and lawyer, Atticus Finch, lives in Maycomb, Alabama during the great depression. Atticus demonstrates courage in multiple ways, some apparent and some subtle.
Atticus first demonstrates courage by defending a black man, Tom Robinson. In Maycomb racism is presides over society. Many residents in Maycomb discriminate against African Americans. Despite this, Atticus Finch portrays his willingness to risk his social standing, professional reputation, and even his physical safety in order to bring justice for a young Negro man falsely accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. Atticus courageously takes on this case telling Scout, "if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again" (75). Atticus means that if he didn’t defend Tom he would ruin his moral reputation and his counties. Also, Atticus teaches his children by setting an example for them and if he did not take on the Robinson case he would not have set a good example for Jem and Scout. Furthermore, Atticus...
...when it describes courage. While it defines physical courage, it omits inner courage which can be argued to be much more valuable to posses. Webster’s New World Dictionary describes courage as “an attitude of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous, difficult or painful, instead of withdrawing from it”.
Courage is not the ability to be brave or to laugh in the face of danger. Courage is not risking your life for justice. Courage is not a person who agrees to fight, but he who can stand up against it. Courage is not something you can define entirely, and therefore can vary between each person. It can be said that a little girl who ventures out on her bike for the first time displays as much courage as a man jumping into a lake to save a drowning woman, knowing he cannot swim.
Courage is a state of mind that enables a person to overcome fear, pain, danger or hardship. Although different from one another, all aspects of courage involve taking risks.
Physical courage is facing your fears of possible bodily harm. A fireman rushing into a burning building, a woman running across thin- ice to save a child that has just fallen through, an officer charging into a building to save a hostage. These are all examples of physical courage.
Mental courage is standing up to...