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marybyrd | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2007 at 10:21 AM via web

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How does Atticus hope to prevent Jem and Scout from catching the disease of most people in Maycomb?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 7, 2007 at 1:25 AM (Answer #1)

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The "disease" is a kind of madness—a loss of reason when any legal issue involving Blacks occurs. He hopes that they'll come to him for sensible answers instead of listening to the gossip. (His insistence on them thinking for themselves, reading, and doing the right thing should have laid the groundwork for this.)

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