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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", how does Atticus define rape for Scout?

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stellagolovach | Student, Grade 10

Posted December 16, 2008 at 6:34 AM via web

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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", how does Atticus define rape for Scout?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 16, 2008 at 9:11 AM (Answer #1)

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At the beginning of chapter 14, of "To Kill a Mockingbird"  Scout remembers she has a question for Atticus.  "What's rape?" I asked him that night.  Atticus looked around from behind his paper.  He was in his chair by the window.  He sighed, and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent.  "Well if that's all it is why did Calpurnia dry me up when I asked her what it was?

Calpurnia did not think it was her place to explain the act of rape to Scout, so she left it up to Attitus.

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