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How does Atticus seek to teach his children right from wrong?

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dredty33 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 14, 2012 at 3:50 AM via iOS

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How does Atticus seek to teach his children right from wrong?

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM (Answer #1)

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Despite the fact that Atticus does not have a mother to help raise his children, he does a very good job teaching his children correct morals and the difference between right and wrong. One of the best ways he taught his children correct morals and principles is when he choose to defend Tom Robinson against the accused rape. He knew that Tom Robinson was not guilty and felt that he had to help defend him if he was to stand before God one day. He was a man that did not have a separate set of morals for different events or occasions. He had the same set of morals in church, in the courtroom, at home, and on the street. The following quote illustrates that he had to defend Tom Robinson because he would not be able to live with himself and accuse him of wrong doing bcause he would have to live with himself everyday.

“Atticus, you must be wrong…”

“How’s that?”

“Well, most folks seem to think they’re right and you’re wrong…”

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions,” said Atticus, “but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” (167) 

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