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In Chapter 16 of To Kill A Mockingbird, what "subtle change" does Scout...

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ohsnapsonbrit | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 16, 2008 at 10:21 PM via web

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In Chapter 16 of To Kill A Mockingbird, what "subtle change" does Scout notice in her father?

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 17, 2008 at 1:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Atticus has been characterized throughout the novel as a patient man, but after the mob scene at the jailhouse, and his sister's negative comments about his taking the case, Atticus is beginning to show signs of anger.  This is the first time Scout has ever seen her father exhibit anything other than total composure and patience.  The stress of the case is beginning to wear on him, mirroring just how difficult it must be for a man to take a case knowing that he will lose.  Also, since it a case dealing with such a sensitive matter, Atticus is beginning to show signs of outrage against the prejudice of his town and even towards members of his family (Aunt Alexandra).

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evanescenceinthedark | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 1, 2009 at 6:54 AM (Answer #2)

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Atticus is starting to become annoyed and impatient with Aunt Alexandra.

"I was beginning to notice a subtle change in my father these days, that came out when he talked with Aunt Alexandra. It was a quiet digging in, never outright irritation."

 

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