Posted by Hannah on August 08, 1998 at 18:01:17:
In Reply to: Re: A Strong CORA , a Weak Alice, and True Bravery posted by Sarah on August 08, 1998 at 13:16:04:
: : 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.
: : She-Who-Would-Have-Fought-Until-Her-Last-Breath
: 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!
I agree with Marcia---suicide is never an act of bravery.That's all I have right now because,well,I'm exhausted.Sorry I haven't been much on the board lately folks--my little sister ran away Monday and we just got her back.=| Things are really hectic around here.But back to the point,maybe her suicide could be considered defiant,maybe romantic by some (but not by me),but I would never consider such an act as brave or gutsy or mature.Not dissin Alice,of course,just statin a fact ;). Latta--
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