Courage

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People each have their own definition of courage. Authors will portray their idea of courage through their writing. Stephen Crane, the author of The Red Badge of Courage, displays his idea of what it means to be courageous through his character of Henry. The author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville, displays his belief of what courage is with his characters of Captain Ahab and Starbuck. Tim O'Brien, the author of The Things They Carried, shows his idea with himself as an example. I believe that courage is facing your fears, and going ahead and doing what you need to accomplish goal. The piece of writing that best fits my definition is The Things They Carried.

In the Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane believes that courage is facing your fears and acknowledging your faults to yourself. In his book, Henry faces his first combat situation, and conquers his first fear by firing the first shot of the fight. As the battle proceeds, Henry "suddenly lost control of himself, and forgot to look at a menacing fate.  He became like a machine, firing continuously. This was followed a by anger. He ignores the possibility of death, and continues to fight. Later in the story, he runs away form the battle, and does not feel reconciled until h... Continue Reading