Courage Essay

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Juan Pablo Porto Darlene Farr Pre AP English 11 2 October 2014 The Meaning of Courage “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” (Nelson Mandela). Whenever one mentions courage, feelings that may appear in our hearts are fear, respect and admiration. This interesting word has a very extent history, coming from the Latin word coraticum, which its root, “cor” means “heart.” Later on it was introduced to English, and was added the suffix age, which expresses action or the result of an action. As a result, literally, it means an action that comes from the heart, or a noble action. The main way in which we see this word is when talking of a man as a manly virtue. It is often referred as bravery, having the ability to face danger without fearing it. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary the full definition of courage is: “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty”. We all rely on a dictionary to understand the complete meaning of a word. But in this case, courage cannot be simply described nor understood by simply looking at it on a dictionary. Courage is not the ability to be brave or to trick danger. Courage is not that who agrees to fight, but who stands against it. Courage is not a word that can change in different individuals. For example: a little boy that walks from his friends’ house to his house by himself has as much courage as a man that jumps into a pool to save his drowning nephew, knowing that he can’t swim. Courage is a quality of mind that allows an individual to overcome fear, pain, danger or hardship in order to do something. The highest example of courage for most people is likely to be the risking or giving of one’s life for others. Although this is a very respected action

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