Mrs. Dubose shows true courage when, she battled her morphine addiction to the grave. She knew it was going to be a struggle, but she wanted to die free of her burden. Atticus describes her as the bravest person he knows. She also left a huge impression on Scout, and Jem, for life. After Mrs. Dubose makes a crude comment about Scout and Jem’s mother, Jem gets so angry that he cuts the tops off of Mrs. Dubose’s camellias. As a punishment Jem has to go read to Mrs. Dubose. Each day an alarm clock would go off and Jem would pack up and leave. Everyday the alarm clock would go off a little later, Jem never knew why until, Atticus told them about her Morphine addiction. Atticus explains why Mrs. Dubose wanted to beat her addiction and explains to Jem by saying, “She said she was going to leave this world beholden to nothing and nobody. Jem, when you’re sick as she was, it’s all right to take anything to make it easier, but it wasn’t all right for her. She said she meant to break herself of it before she died, and that’s what she did.” (60). Atticus is saying that Mrs. Dubose wanted to die free with no regrets, and one of her biggest regrets was morphine. Not only was she already dying, but she also had her withdrawals on top of that, and that makes one tough time. Despite all of that she still beat her addiction making her a true symbol of courage because she kept going
Through her determination to die free of morphine, Mrs. Dubose suffers tremendously from withdrawal showing that mental courage is more difficult to obtain than physical courage. Mrs. Dubose is a morphine addict who appears to be a racist based off of her interactions with Jem and Scout regarding Atticus’ defense of Tom Robinson. In a state of anger, Jem destroys Mrs. Dubose's camellias, and has to read to her for a whole month as a punishment. During this time, the children witnessed the pain that Mrs. Dubose has to endure from not using morphine, yet they could not see her goal and considered her to be disgusting, rather than to show her sympathy for her decision. By the end of her life, Mrs. Dubose has “died beholden to nothing and nobody” (149), she experienced true freedom before she passed away. Mrs. Dubose did
Dubose. Jem and Scout hated Mrs. Dubose, she was always disrespectful when they passed by her house. She would yell at them about many different things like their behavior, their father, what they would be when they grew up, them walking to town, and them not having their mother around anymore. Most of her comments were about how Atticus was defending a man of color in court. One day Jem went mad, he grabbed Scout’s baton and ran into the front yard and cut the tops off every camellia bush in sight, he didn't begin to calm down until the ground has green buds and leaves everywhere. Once he was finished trashing Mrs. Dubose’ yard he snapped the baton in half, threw it down, when Scout saw she started screaming. Jem pulled her hair, and kicked her down. When Atticus got home he was disappointed that Jem would do something like that, he told him to go to Mrs. Dubose’ house and talk to her. When Jem came back he said he cleaned for her, said sorry, and said that he would help them grow back. Mrs. Dubose told Jem to come to her house everyday after school and on Saturdays and read to her out loud for two hours for a whole month. On the first day they weren't there for a long time because about half way through it was time for Mrs. Dubose’s medicine, Jessie kicked them out because she had to get the
Rumors spread like wildfire, but when the rumor spreads each time it is told it is changed. A new detail is added, a bit of flare is put in to make it even more exciting. Rumors are not the truth they are not even close to the truth, yet people seem to believe rumors more than what the truth actually is. Due to this gossip and these rumors we get people like Boo Radley who are largely misunderstood and who have been given a reputation built on the fantasies of others. These stories that are spread make an innocent man look like a monster in the eyes of the people. In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” gossip is something that Maycomb county thrives on. Thanks to Miss Stephanie Crawford everyone in Maycomb is an expert on anything and everything
Dubose to teach a lesson of courage and strength in a form that is not immediately clear to the reader. While most of the town sees Mrs. Dubose as a crotchety old woman it later becomes clear to the reader that she was never a truly bad lady. After her death Atticus explains to his children, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand… She was the bravest person I ever knew” (128). Mrs. Dubose’s addiction affects only her temporary behavior. While she does not approve of Atticus, most of the insults said to his children are not sincere. If she truly believes her words, she will not allow them into her life. Atticus does not want his children referring to his shooting of the mad dog as a courageous act. The “real courage” he is speaking of is facing a situation with knowledge that negative consequences will occur. Mrs. Dubose knows that ending her addiction will cause pain in her life, but she continues to do what she believes is right. As a result, her fortitude is passed on to Jem and Scout. She was born as a good person, and she died as a good person. Additionally, Mrs. Dubose is an example of determination and tenacity. Atticus explains to Jem, “She meant to break herself of it before she died, and that’s what she did” (127). When she realizes she is addicted to morphine, it is Mrs. Dubose’s intention to free herself of it before her death. She recognizes a flaw in her life that needs to be fixed. Jem and Scout provide distraction to help achieve this. With their assistance, she is able to survive longer periods of time between each administration of her addictive painkiller. Most people would choose to surrender and die relatively free of suffering, but Mrs. Dubose continues to fight until she reaches her end goal. She pays little attention to her physical pain, but more to following her moral values and overcoming something she believes
Ms.Dubose was an old lady down the block from Jem and Scout, that would shout out malicious things to them about themselves and their family. One example of Jem being childish and acting immature is, that when Ms.Dubose said Atticus was “lawing for a n******” he teared up her precious camellias. This shows how he was immature and couldn't control his actions and made a rash decision when faced with rude comments. Following this destruction, Jem’s punishment is to read every day, including Saturdays, for two hours at Mrs. Dubose’s house. Which he loathes doing because she is a senile old women, who makes rude remarks every time he comes over. At the end of the chapter, Atticus reveals to Jem that she was addicted to morphine and that the reading was part of her effort to wean off of her addiction. Jem receives a gift from Ms.Dubose which is a single camellia. This revels Jem feels surprised, guilty, and saddened when he sees her gift. The camellia was a reminder for the reasons he spent time with Mrs. Dubose, but it was also was a sign for him to remember her by. Atticus teaches Jem a very important lesson that not all heroes use guns and weapons, but have the real courage and strength to fight for what they want to get. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. We finally see when Jem starts to grow up and give things thought when “He picked up the camellia…I saw him fingering the white petals” This shows how Jem has empathy for Ms.Dubose and realizes that she was fighting and had admiration for her. Jem matures and shows how he can be understanding about
Boo Radley is labeled an outcast and an outsider by the society of Maycomb because of the rumors and myths that have surrounded him through the years of being confined to his brother’s home. For over twenty-five years, Boo Radley has been restricted to the indoor limits of the Radley house suppressing him further from the Maycomb community. Arthur “Boo” Radley was a troublesome child who sadly continued to make wrong choices once he became
In chapter 3, Scout states; “Jem and I hated her. If she was on the porch when we passed, we would be raked by her wrathful gaze, subjected to ruthless interrogation regarding our behaviour”. When Jem, cuts Mrs Dubose camellias, in chapter 11 for insulting Atticus, his punishment was to read to her every day. When he read to her he found it disturbing that she had fits and after a month Mrs Dubose dies. It was only known to Jem later that she had these fits because she was seriously ill and had become addicted to morphine. By Jem reading to her, it was distracting her from her addiction and she would be able to die clear from utilizing painkillers. Atticus later states that “I wanted you to see what real courage is...You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won...she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew."(Chapter 11) This was significant as, even though the children thought of her as a spiteful woman, she was going through a personal time in her life that made her that way. Mrs Dubose relates to the quote as even though she came across as horrible, other people needed to put themselves in her position and perceive how badly she was struggling with her
Dubose is “ ‘Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict,’ said Atticus. ‘She took it as a pain-killer for years. The doctor put her on it. She’d have spent the rest of her life on it and died without so much agony, but she was too contrary--’ ” (Lee 147). Mrs. Dubose was a mean old lady, she always had something to say about Scout, Jem and sometimes Atticus. When they were walking by her house one day she made Jem the most mad she had ever been by bad mouthing her Atticus because he was defending Tom Robinson. She said “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for” (Lee 135). Jem went crazy and got in trouble for ruining Mrs. Dubose’s yard with Scout’s baton he bought her after she insulted Atticus. Later that night when Atticus was walking home he saw Mrs. Dubose’s house and assumed it was either Scout or Jem. He found out it was jem and made her got over to apologize. Mrs. Dubose told tells her that she can pay her back by coming over and reading to her for 2 hours everyday for a month. Jem was not happy about the idea but agreed to do it if she would not get in anymore trouble. On the last day they had to be there to read Atticus went over there when they got home and let the kids know that she had passed. He then told them that the fits she had and the reason she was so mean was because she was a morphine addict and was trying to break her addiction before she died so she could die pure. This is courage because not many people can break an addiction and she had a mindset that she was going to and did. She also knew that in some things you rarely win but sometimes you do, and she
Arthur “Boo” Radley had rarely faced any real danger except in his childhood when he was “mixed up with the wrong crowd”, after that his father kept him inside most of his life so he could be protected from the outside world. The people of Maycomb didn’t know that was the reason he stayed
Mrs. Dubose was courageous in the sense that she had the determination to fight her addiction. She was near death, but she wanted to die having overcome her addiction to morphine. Nonetheless, she could not fight her addiction alone. When Jem ripped the heads off of her flowers, she could have just scolded him and accepted her apology. Instead, she wanted Jem to read to her every afternoon. In the beginning of this arrangement, Jem thought that Mrs. Dubose was just trying to be callous. Little did he know that he
Dubose at first glance, is a bad woman doing nothing but spending her days sitting on her porch criticising people or hiding indoors. Everyone in the book can agree that she is cruel and bitter towards everyone. However, Mrs. Dubose isn’t grumpy because of Atticus, the children or even that her flowers are ruined. She is battling a morphine addiction, that leaves her feeling mentally broken. Her struggle is discovered and she shocks everyone because all she’s trying to do is be brave until she dies. “...neighborhood opinion was unanimous that Mrs. Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived” (35, Scout). In this quote, the entire neighbourhood thinks that Mrs. Dubose is just a mean, rude and unenjoyable old woman. Jem and Scout especially depict her as nothing more than heartless and a huge insult to their father. Later it is evident that Mrs. Dubose suffers from a morphine addiction that is slowly ending her life. According to Atticus she is very brave, despite her rotten attitude and deserves plenty of sympathy. Prior to knowing about her addiction, Scout is mildly annoyed with Mrs. Dubose constantly pointing out the smallest flaws in her behavior. “‘Don’t you say hey to me, you ugly girl! You say good afternoon, Mrs. Dubose!’”(103, Mrs. Dubose). Scout experiences first hand Mrs. Dubose’s rude and cruel manner. She, again, seems to be an extremely evil and horrific old lady. Mrs. Dubose, although slightly cruel and mean has been extremely affected by her
Dubose’s camellia bushes with Scout's baton in chapter 11. Atticus then comes home from the office and begins with asking Jem if he was responsible for it. Jem then responds with “Yes sir.” His father, Atticus continued with “Why’d you do it?” Jem said softly “She said you lawed for niggers and trash.” Consequently, Jem must go clean up the mess he left behind and apologize to Mrs. Dubose he must also read to Mrs. Dubose where Scout tags along with him even though she doesn't have to. The children think of Mrs. Dubose as this vicious, grumpy and wrathful old women. Nevertheless, Atticus has something to say to this, he tells the children “She had her own views about things, a lot of different from mine, maybe. . . son, I told you that if you hadn’t lost your head I’d made you go read to her. I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you’re licked before you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew. “ Atticus is trying to explain to Jem that bravery isn’t someone holding a gun, Mrs. Dubose is one of the most bravest women according to Atticus. She broke her morphine addiction and she passed on beholden to nothing and no
Dubose who is a morphine addict. Atticus knows this so when Jem ruins her flowers, as a punishment he tells Jem he has to read to her for a month. After Jem completes his month of reading and several more months go by Atticus comes home from her house and tells Jem she has passed away. Atticus then tells Jem of her morphine addiction and how it was her goal to overcome it before she died. Atticus tells Jem, “when you are as sick as she was it's alright to take anything to make it easier. But it wasn't alright her” (Lee 148). Jem does not realize that Mrs. Dubose is addicted to morphine but he helps her overcome her drug addiction and die drug free. Mrs. Dubose has a lot of courage to attempt her goal, and she never gave up even though the odds were not in her favor.
In the small town of Maycomb, innocent people can get discriminated against for simply being different. An utterly introverted figure was represented through Boo Radley, who would rather keep to himself than be too overly social. Boo was a part of several childhood mishaps that caused him to stay locked in and away from the outside world. As a result of this, he was continually accused as a suspect in crimes that he did not commit. For example, he was blamed for the harassment and rape of Mayella Ewell, when he was not involved with them at all. So even though he did not do any harm to Mayella, he was still accused of a crime because no one knew him and he seemed suspicious.