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In To Kill a Mockingird, what does Atticus say is "the worst thing you can do"?
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In Chapter 20 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is quoted by his daughter: "Atticus says cheatin' a colored man is ten times worse than cheatin' a white man," I muttered. "Says it's the worst thing you can do." Atticus's reasoning for this belief was rooted in his honesty, integrity, and sense of common decency. He knew as well as anyone in Maycomb that cheating a black man was so easy it was ridiculous; most blacks were illiterate, and wouldn't realize it if they were being cheated; even if he or she did realize a white person was cheating him or her, the black person in the South in the 1930's had absolutely no recourse available because he or she essentially had no rights at all.
Posted by lhc on December 30, 2010 at 6:29 AM (Answer #1)
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