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What is Atticus's old nickname in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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rajdarshani | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM via web

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What is Atticus's old nickname in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM (Answer #1)

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Oh, Atticus Finch has an absolutely awesome old nickname of "One-Shot Finch" which we find out about in Chapter 10 of To Kill a Mockingbird. It's Miss Maudie that tells us the news simply because she happened to know Atticus when he was little.  It isn't long before the reader finds out that Atticus is a true marksman both then and now.

Because Atticus never wanted to flaunt this gift of marksmanship and this gift of being able to kill other living things (as it was not a gift to be flaunted), he never told Jem and Scout.  So much for their father not doing anything exciting!  Ha!  This knowledge gives both Jem and Scout something interesting to think about in regards to their father.  In fact, I would say it inspires them to respect their dad even more.

Interestingly enough, it is Atticus' failure to talk about this "gift" that causes Jem to claim that his dad is "a gentleman, just like me!"  Proud son, proud father.

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