What does the political cartoon about Atticus in chapter 12 mean?
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The cartoon depicts Atticus as a boy rather than a man, barefoot and in short pants (back then, *only* boys wore shorts). It also pokes fun at his diligence to his studies rather than paying attention to pretty girls around him. The message is that he is not "one of us." He is far too absorbed in things no one else cares about.
Here is the text of that passage. Scout is the speaker.
We were surprised one morning to see a cartoon in the Montgomery Advisor above the caption, "Maycomb's Finch." It showed Atticus barefooted and in short pants, chained to a desk: he was diligently writing on a slate while some frivolous-looking girls yelled "Yoo-hoo!" at him.
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