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vivixcece | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM via web

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Miss Maudie says, “people in their right minds never take pride in their talents.” What does this quote from To Kill a Mockingbird mean?

 

(TKAM, Lee, page 98)

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 11, 2011 at 3:47 AM (Answer #1)

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This is another of the lessons learned by Jem and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Miss Maudie teaches them, through the actions of Atticus, about humility. Atticus had never told his children about his marksmanship skills with a rifle because he was ashamed of them. This skill had an underlying connection with death and killing associated with it, and Atticus probably felt that it was better for his children not to know about his old nickname. Atticus probably felt that his shooting skills were in part God-given, and he (and Maudie) believed that no one should brag about such an inherited talent. 

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