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tokillamockin... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:16 PM via web

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What is a quote from Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird that has to do with prejudice?

However many you want to put is fine, but i really need a good one please. Atticus let Cal stay in their house and defended Tom Robinson, so a quote from one of these scenarios that has to do with predjudice is fine. Thanks and i need this ASAP please!!!!

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

Posted September 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM (Answer #1)

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Atticus Finch is colorblind when it comes to a man's skin. He treats all people--black and white--the same, and as Miss Maudie says, "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets." Concerning the upcoming trial of Tom Robinson, Atticus wonders

"Why reasonable people go stark-raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand."

When Scout uses the word "nigger" in his presence, Atticus tells her,

"Don't say nigger, Scout. That's common."
" 's what everybody at school says."
"From now on, it'll be everybody less one--"

Atticus has previously stated that a jury can't be expected to take a black man's word over a white man's, but in his final summation of the trial, Atticus pleads with the jury to disregard their racial biases and Tom's skin color. He asks them to do their duty without passion. Concerning Mayella Ewell's actions, Atticus reminds the jury that

"She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man... No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards."

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