Definition of Courage

TheThingsTheyCarried

I finished The Things They Carried over the weekend, and I’ve been thinking about how O’Brien describes courage in the following passage:

Sometimes the bravest thing on earth was to sit through the night and feel the cold in your bones. Courage was not always a matter of yes or no. Sometimes it came in degrees […] In certain situations you could do incredible things, you could advance toward enemy fire, but in other situations, which were not nearly so bad, you had trouble keeping your eyes open. Sometimes, like that night in the shit field, the difference between courage and cowardice was something small and stupid. (147)

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