Homework Help

In To Kill a Mockingbird, does Atticus treat Walter and the rest of the Cunningham...

user profile pic

restlessflow | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted April 27, 2011 at 8:29 AM via web

dislike 1 like

In To Kill a Mockingbird, does Atticus treat Walter and the rest of the Cunningham family?  What does this reveal about his character?

In Chapter 3

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 2 like

Atticus treats everyone, Walter Cunningham included, with respect and dignity.  Walter's father was unable to pay his debt to Atticus with traditional cash, but Atticus told Scout that he would get paid if she just watched carefully (Mr. Cunningham would leave food and other items on the porch steps for the Finches over the course of his "entailment".  Interestingly, Calpurnia is also very respectful of Walter, and insists that Scout be respectful as well, chastising her when she criticizes the way Walter eats his meal.  Atticus believes in the worth of every individual, as evidenced at the end of the novel when Scout remarks how nice Boo Radley turned out to be.  Atticus replied, "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them." 

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes