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What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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warrior608 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM via web

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What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that the way Atticus treats Walter shows that he respects people of all kinds, including children and the poor.  It also shows that he can get along well with almost everyone, and is knowledgeable on many subjects.

While Walter piled food on his plate, he and Atticus talked together like two men, to the wonderment of Jem and me. (ch 3, pg. 24)

Atticus is able to talk to Walter about farming.  He also treats him like a grown man, as Scout notes.  When Walter asks for molasses to pour on his dinner, Atticus doesn’t skip a beat, although it upsets Scout.  Walter is company, and Atticus treats him that way.  It does not matter to him that Walter is a child, or that he is only the son of a poor farmer.  To Atticus, people are people.

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warrior608 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM (Answer #2)

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thank you so much @litteacher8

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