Posted by Sarah on August 08, 1998 at 13:16:04:
In Reply to: A Strong CORA , a Weak Alice, and True Bravery posted by Marcia on August 08, 1998 at 12:27:20:
: As for Alice appearing brave before she leaps to her death, I think you are confusing the peace of mind she appears to have come to with courage. She is terrified one moment, looks down at Uncas, comes to a decision, and is at peace with her choice. But brave? I believe (and surely I'm not alone in this belief) that suicide is almost NEVER a brave act. Surely the brave thing to have done would have been to go along with her captors, looking constantly for a way to outwit them, and maybe even avenge Uncas' death, herself. After all, who knows what opportunities might have been presented to her, especially since no one perceived her as being any real threat. But by stepping out into space, she gives up. Period. While some might consider it terribly romantic, it should never be considered brave.
Marcia -- I look at the cliff scene quite differently, but I posted my response in the wrong place! In summary -- I think her "decision" was one of great strength of character. The full response is downt there somewhere -- I hope this link works!
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