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n the end both kids figure out that Mrs. Dubose was actually a morphine addict who had vowed to go clean before she died. Scout and Jem, unknowingly, helped her by reading and keeping her company. Scout and Jem learn to see beneath appearances and examine the truth. Like their father, the kids realize that a little understanding and compassion can break down barriers. Both Scout and Jem understand what Atticus meant when he said,
"I wanted you to see something about her (referring to Mrs. Dubose) - 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."