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In To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Atticus explain the term "nigger-lover" to...

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shawtys-hott21 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 23, 2008 at 1:46 PM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Atticus explain the term "nigger-lover" to Scout?

how does atticus explain the word nigger-lover to scout

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 23, 2008 at 2:57 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 11, Atticus tells Scout that  "nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don't mean anything...ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody's favoring Negroes over and above themselves...when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody".  Atticus goes on to say that he is indeed  "nigger-lover", because he does his best to love everybody. He counsels Scout that "it's never an insult to be called what someone thinks is a bad name...it just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you".  Atticus means that when someone calls someone else by a derogatory name, it is more of a reflection of the name-callers poor character than it is a put-down of the person being called the name.

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smallbit | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 15, 2008 at 9:21 PM (Answer #2)

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he says that its not that heloves niggers its just that justice should be served for everyone.

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