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What are a few quotes that show Atticus as a good father in To Kill a Mockingbird?I'm...

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What are a few quotes that show Atticus as a good father in To Kill a Mockingbird?

I'm having trouble with quotes for my essay and need a little help. Preferably quotes from the first part of the book (Chapters 1-11).

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM (Answer #1)

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Though Atticus is often absent because of his law practice and his duties with the Alabama legislature, he sees to it that his children don't stray far from home.

... our summer boundaries (within calling distance of Calpurnia) were Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose's house... and the Radley Place three doors to the south. We were never tempted to break them.  (Chapter 1)

Atticus was home schooled himself, but he is determined to see his children educated in the public schools. When Scout wants to quit school after her bad first day with Miss Caroline, Atticus puts his foot down.

"... dose of magnesia for you tonight and school tomorrow."  (Chapter 3)

But Atticus also has some advice about tolerance for Scout, how she needs to "climb into his skin and walk around in it" before judging people. He is sensible enough not to let his children play with dangerous objects--"Give me those scissors. They're no things to play with"--and he does not allow them to aggravate the neighbors, telling Jem to "stop tormenting that man (Boo)." Atticus picks up a gun again, killing the mad dog in order to protect his children as well as others in the neighborhood; and he makes certain that Jem and Scout are safe from Miss Maudie's house fire. Most importantly, Atticus tries to set an example for his children, hoping that

"... they come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town."  (Chapter 9)

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janeleader | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM (Answer #2)

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Ch 1 - " he played with us, read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment"

Ch 2 - "anything Atticus happened to be reading when I crawled into his lap every night."

Ch 3 - "Atticus seemed to have forgotten my noontime fall from grace; he was full of questions about school. My replies were monosyllabic and he did not press me." and "we were at all times free to interrupt Atticus" and "Atticus kept us in fits that evening"

Ch 4 -"What are you doing with those scissors,..

"Give me those scissors," Atticus said. "They're no things to play with."

Ch 5 - "Atticus don't ever do anything to Jem and me in the house that he don't do in the yard," I said " and "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets.

Ch 6 -  " He said he often woke up during the night, checked on us,"

Ch 7 - "Atticus said someone must have lost it, and had we asked around? "

Ch 8 - "I don't care what you do, so long as you do something," said Atticus. "You can't go around making caricatures of the neighbors." and "Before I went to sleep Atticus put more coal on the fire in my room. He said the thermometer registered sixteen, that it was the coldest night in his memory, and that our snowman outside was frozen solid.

Minutes later, it seemed, I was awakened by someone shaking me. Atticus's overcoat was spread across me. "Is it morning already?"

"Baby, get up."

Atticus was holding out my bathrobe and coat. "Put your robe on first," he said."    and "With a push, Atticus started us toward the Radley front gate. We stood watching the street fill with men and cars while fire silently devoured Miss Maudie's house." and   "Atticus had said we need not go to school that day, we'd learn nothing after no sleep."

Ch 9 -"Come here, Scout," said Atticus. I crawled into his lap and tucked my head under his chin. He put his arms around me and rocked me gently. "It's different this time," he said. "This time we aren't fighting the Yankees, we're fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they're still our friends and this is still our home."

and "Somehow, if I fought Cecil I would let Atticus down. Atticus so rarely asked Jem and me to do something for him, I could take being called a coward for him. "

and "that night I dreamed of the two long packages for Jem and me. Next morning Jem and I dived for them: they were from Atticus, who had written Uncle Jack to get them for us, and they were what we had asked for."

and "But the only time I ever heard Atticus speak sharply to anyone was when I once heard him say, "Sister, I do the best I can with them!" It had something to do with my going around in overalls."

and  "When Jem an' I fuss Atticus doesn't ever just listen to Jem's side of it, he hears mine too"

and Atticus states "Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em. No," my father mused, "you had the right answer this afternoon, but the wrong reasons. Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it. Hotheadedness isn't. Scout's got to learn to keep her head and learn soon, with what's in store for her these next few months. She's coming along, though. Jem's getting older and she follows his example a good bit now. All she needs is assistance sometimes." and "it was not until many years later that I realized he wanted me to hear every word he said."

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