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emada4209 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2010 at 1:16 AM via web

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What are the 3 most important lessons that Atticus teaches his children?

The main lesson is -don't judge a man until you have walked around in his skin- but I am looking for a different lesson, maybe less obvious but still significant.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 2, 2010 at 1:27 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book "To Kill a Mocking Bird" Atticus is a man who believes in doing the right thing.  He takes on the job as Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman.  He does not know if Robinson is innocent or not at first, but he knows that defending him is the right thing to do.  Atticus is well aware that by taking the responsibility as Tom's lawyer it will not be a popular decision.  By taking his position he teaches his children about social responsibility, courage, and taking a stand against something even if you have to stand on the opposite side of the moral majority.  Atticus is such a fair and honest man who shares so much wisdom with his children through his acitons.

 

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ajacks | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 2, 2010 at 1:43 AM (Answer #2)

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Atticus Finch is the voice of morality in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the wisdom and guidance he gives his children, and the rest of the community, shows throughout the novel. Three of the major lessons that he teaches his children are having a strong sense of justice, morality, and racial equality.

When Atticus takes on the defense of Tom Robinson, he demonstrates all three of these important lessons. Defending a black man during this time in history wasn’t a “politically correct” thing to do, but his strong sense of justice demands that he does, because he knows that Tom is innocent, and he should have a fair trial no matter what race he is. To turn his back on this case would also go against everything his moral standards are built on.

Atticus teaches these lessons to his children in the best possible way: not just by his words, but by his actions.

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