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Matthew Marino AML 2580-01 Jason Dubow May 23, 2015 Essay #9: Courage the Cowardly Soldier Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one. It is also the strength in the face of pain or grief. Seems pretty straight forward to me, but is it? While you might think that it is, I would say that it isn’t. The act of being courageous is not something we could be sure about, especially when in war. For the soldiers of Vietnam courage could be seen as making decisions that earn you recognition. Also courage to them is the absence of fear, but I do not think that’s always the case. Fear is a tool that can be used to make courageous decisions. As O’Brien writes in Going After Cacciato, “the greater a man’s fear, the greater his potential for courage.” I think this quote is accurate in it’s idea that fear can lead to courage, and that courage is not always black and white. In both books by Tim O’Brien, Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried
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