True courage is being able to stand for one’s principles especially in the face of adversity
True courage is being able to stand for one’s principles especially in the face of adversity. One idea that O’brien believes in the beginning of the story is about how courage is always going to be there, and that when the time is right one will be able to use the pool of self determination one has gathered over their lifetime in order to withstand adversity. The reason why this belief does not meet realistic standards is due to how the only time one can truly be courageous is when there is something to lose. It does not take integrity to be able to stand on beliefs when they are not being threatened.