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How does Atticus change Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird? 

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bmichellew | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM via web

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How does Atticus change Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM (Answer #1)

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Atticus changes Scout from a rough around the edges little girl to a maturing young adult.

Atticus is a good father to Scout because he teaches her how to interact with others.  He teaches her empathy.  Most importantly of all, he teaches her to regard all people as special and respect them for what kind of person they are, not where they came from.

Atticus is a good role model. This is evidenced from the fact that Judge Taylor chooses him to defend Tom Robinson, and he is the one who shoots the mad dog.   Miss Maudie tells Scout that, “Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets” (ch 5).  Atticus instills in Scout the wisdom of an adult from a young age.

It is important to Atticus that Scout learn how to interact with people.

[If] you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. (ch 3)

Atticus wants to teach Scout empathy. He wants her to be able to look at things from another person's perspective.  Scout does learn this, and it is how she is able to connect with Boo Radley.


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