You might say that every act in this book is one of courage. It takes courage to join the circus. It takes courage to fall in love. It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in, for what you know to be morally right. It takes courage to commit murder, and it takes courage to walk away from it. What else takes courage? Leaving your husband. Keeping a huge secret. Telling someone he's a liar. Walking out of your home at the age of 93. The list goes on. Water for Elephants teaches us that courage is everywhere, everyday. You just have to be on the lookout.