Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes Courage Analysis

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Who Displays Courage?

“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.” As Harper Lee once wrote, courage is something that anybody can show, as long as you forget about if you are going to lose or win and your selfish reasons and just remember why you are doing it. In “Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes” most of the characters show courage at some point so it was difficult to pick just one person. I ended up picking Sarah Byrnes because she stayed with her dad just so that no one else would get hurt. She showed courage when she was only as little girl and she saved her
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When Sarah decided to put her trust in Eric she was taking a huge step forward to getting away from her dad. She wrote to Eric, “I have never trusted anyone completely, not even you, and I don 't know if I do yet. I 'll find out by whether or not I give you this or just rip it up. Here goes.”(Crutcher 174) When she wrote that letter she put so much trust in Eric, to not tell anyone about her dad and or that there is nothing wrong with her. She was being courageous because she feared that Eric would do something with the information that she gave him but she just went for it and gave him the letter even after she had the chance to change her decision.
Running away is a hard thing to do especially when you want to stay put. Sarah decides she is going to runaway to keep everyone else safe but it is so hard to leave all the people that you have ever loved just to keep them safe. She says to Eric, “He just wants me. He’s crazy, but he’s simple crazy. He would have killed you that night, but not to be mean. He’d have killed you to get to his ‘family.’ That 's me. And he’d kill me before he’d let anyone else have me. I just have to get away.”(273) Sarah knows that if she leaves she will be ‘alone’ but it 's better than having all the people that you have ever loved die, because of you. She was showing courage in this situation because she scared to be alone and be facing her dad alone but she, again, is putting the people
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