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rajdarshani | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM via web

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What reason does Uncle Jack give for Atticus's unwillingness to teach the kids to shoot in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout was excited when she saw the two long packages that the train porter handed Uncle Jack when he got off the train. After decorating the tree, Scout dreamed of the parcels. They turned out to be Christmas gifts--not from Uncle Jack, but from Atticus; Jack had only purchased them for his brother. They were air rifles--just what the children had wanted. But Atticus refused to teach his children how to shoot them. That was Jack's job, Atticus told them. Jack taught his niece and nephew the "rudeiments thereof," explaining to them that the reason their father refused was because "Atticus wasn't interested in guns."

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