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miss-autumnatic | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

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What are 3 quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird (with page numbers) that reveal Atticus as a good parent, respected, knowledgeable, and tolerant?

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jennifer-taubenheim | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Here are a number of quotes. The page numbers in my book may not be the same page numbers as your book.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” --Atticus (pg. 30)

"'It's against the law all right,' said my father, 'and it's certainly bad when a man spends his relief checks on green whisky while his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don't know of landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit.''Of course he shouldn't, but he'll never change his ways. Are you going to take out your disapproval on his children'" (p 34)

“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”--Atticus (pg. 76)

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xdgomusicxd | Student , Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted January 23, 2010 at 2:29 AM (Answer #2)

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“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.  You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”  (116) 

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” --Atticus (pg. 30)

"'It's against the law all right,' said my father, 'and it's certainly bad when a man spends his relief checks on green whisky while his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don't know of landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit.''Of course he shouldn't, but he'll never change his ways. Are you going to take out your disapproval on his children'" (p 34)

“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”--Atticus (pg. 76)




:) Another helpful site: sparknotes.com    can help you find quotes from a book

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tahearne | High School Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:18 AM (Answer #3)

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Atticus's voice was even: "Alexandra, Calpurnia's not leaving this house until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I couldn't have got along without her all these years. She's a faithful member of this family and you'll simply have to accept things the way they are." (14.28)

This quote shows his tolerance for the societal issues at hand.  He is willing to stand up to his sister, as well as to stand up for African Americans.

"Aunty," Jem spoke up, "Atticus says you can choose your friends but you sho' can't choose your family, an' they're still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge 'em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don't." 

"That's your father all over again," said Aunt Alexandra, "and I still say that Jean Louise will not invite Walter Cunningham to this house. If he were her double first cousin once removed he would still not be received in this house unless he comes to see Atticus on business. Now that is that." (23.84-85)

This shows Atticus will not discriminate regardless of who people are through color, social status, etc.

Atticus said, " If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you see things from his point of view" (3.30)

Atticus lived by this quote and taught Scout the importance of being respectful, tolerant, and knowledgeable! This one is all encompassing.


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coollol | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted December 19, 2011 at 8:09 AM (Answer #4)

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"I'm afraid our activities would be received with considerable disapprobation by the more learned authorities." 

Jem and I were accustomed to our father's last-will-and-testament diction, and we were at all times free to interrupt Atticus for a translation when it was beyond our understanding. 

"I never went to school," he said, "but I have a feeling that if you tell Miss Caroline we read every night she'll get after me, and I wouldn't want her after
me." (3.108-113)

"Don't worry, Scout, it ain't time to worry yet," said Jem. He pointed. "Looka yonder." 

In a group of neighbors, Atticus was standing with his hands in his overcoat pockets. He might have been watching a football game. Miss Maudie was beside him. 

"See there, he's not worried yet," said Jem
. (8.105-107)

Atticus is the opposite of a hypocrite: he says what he means, and lives how he thinks. In raising his children, he tries to get them to understand not only how they should behave, but why they should behave that way. This parenting attitude works most of the time, but causes problems when the kids apply Atticus’s principles in ways he doesn’t expect.

We were accustomed to prompt, if not always cheerful acquiescence to Atticus's instructions, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging.

"Go home, I said."

Jem shook his head. As Atticus's fists went to his hips, so did Jem's, and as they faced each other I could see little resemblance between them: Jem's soft brown hair and eyes, his oval face and snug-fitting ears were our mother's, contrasting oddly with Atticus's graying black hair and square-cut features, but they were somehow alike. Mutual defiance made them alike. (15.97-99)


"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, but I don't want my boy starting out with something like this over his head. Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open. Let the county come and bring sandwiches. I don't want him growing up with a whisper about him, I don't want anybody saying, 'Jem Finch... his daddy paid a mint to get him out of that.' Sooner we get this over with the better." (30.34)

"If you shouldn't be defendin' him, then why are you doin' it?" 

"For a number of reasons," said Atticus. "The main one is, if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again. […] Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one's mine, I guess.” (9.16-21)

"Lemme tell you somethin' now, Billy," a third said, "you know the court appointed him to defend this nigger." "Yeah, but Atticus aims to defend him. That's what I don't like about it." 

This was news, news that put a different light on things: Atticus had to, whether he wanted to or not. I thought it odd that he hadn't said anything to us about it – we could have used it many times in defending him and ourselves. He had to, that's why he was doing it, equaled fewer fights and less fussing. But did that explain the town's attitude? The court appointed Atticus to defend him. Atticus aimed to defend him. That's what they didn't like about it. It was confusing. (16.92)

Well, Mr. Finch didn't act that way to Mayella and old man Ewell when he cross-examined them. The way that man called him 'boy' all the time an' sneered at him, an' looked around at the jury every time he answered-" (19.163)






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emanneh | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted January 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM (Answer #5)

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With reference to tolerance:

"Nigger-lover is just one of those terms which doesn't mean anything-like snot-nose. It's hard to explain--ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody's favoring Negroes over and above themselves." (113)

With reference to parenting:

As Atticus had once advised me to do, I tried to climb into Jem's skin and walk around in it: if I had gone alone to the Radley Place at two in the morning, my funeral would have been held the next afternoon. So I left Jem alone and tried not to bother him. (62)

With reference to knowledgeable:

The state has not produced one lota of medical evidence to the effect that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place.

(205)

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islaydragons | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted February 14, 2012 at 10:45 PM (Answer #6)

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” --Atticus (pg. 30)

"'It's against the law all right,' said my father, 'and it's certainly bad when a man spends his relief checks on green whisky while his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don't know of landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit.''Of course he shouldn't, but he'll never change his ways. Are you going to take out your disapproval on his children'" (p 34)

“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”--Atticus (pg. 76)

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aquabubbles | Student | Honors

Posted November 6, 2011 at 2:40 AM (Answer #7)

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"We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight, so we consulted Atticus.  Our father said we were both right." p. 3

"According to Miss Stephanie Crawford,...let Mr. Ewell call him names wild horses could not bring her to repeat." p. 291

"It's not time to worry yet," Atticus reassured him, p. 285

"Did it ever strike you that Judge Taylor naming Atticus to defend that boy was no accident?" p. 289

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princessita-2-day | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 2, 2012 at 9:14 AM (Answer #8)

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To show that Atticus is knowledgeable and a good parent he says "This time we arent 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 our home"(76). this quote shows us that Atticus does not want his problem[defending Tom Robinson]  to become a problem for Scout and Jem.

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jjrichardson | Student , College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted August 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM (Answer #9)

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” --Atticus (pg. 30)

“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”--Atticus (pg. 105)

You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”--Atticus (pg. 76)

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inette | eNoter

Posted September 27, 2012 at 9:29 PM (Answer #10)

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QUOTE which indicates that he is a good parent :

You just hold your head high and keep those fists down, no matter what anyone says to you, don't let em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change. Page 76 Atticus

He was knowledgable

For a number fo reasons said Atticus, 'The main one is if i didn't, i couldn't hold up my head in town, i couldn;t represent this country in the legislature.I couldn't even tell you orJem notto do something again. Every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affectshis personality. Atticus 92

He was respected

You know the court appointed him to defend this nigger.

Ha was also tolerantNigger lover is just one of those terms which deesn't mean a thing like snot nose pg 113

 

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sextus | Student , College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 11, 2012 at 2:00 AM (Answer #13)

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” --Atticus (pg. 30)

"'It's against the law all right,' said my father, 'and it's certainly bad when a man spends his relief checks on green whisky while his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don't know of landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit.''Of course he shouldn't, but he'll never change his ways. Are you going to take out your disapproval on his children'" (p 34)

“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”--Atticus (pg. 76)

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kezze | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM (Answer #19)

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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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Yojana_Thapa | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM (Answer #20)

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” 

“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.  You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

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Posted March 6, 2014 at 5:21 PM (Answer #21)

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"Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win" A.F. pg. 76

"Jack!  When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake.  But don't make a production of it.  Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles them."  A.F. 87

"I told you that if you hadn't lost your head, I'd have made you go read to her.  I wanted you to see something about her- I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand." A.F. 112

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peppertdog | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted September 3, 2012 at 2:41 PM (Answer #12)

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"Before Jem looks at anyone else, he looks at me, and I've tried to look squarely back at him..." (Page 366)"

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peepster8 | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM (Answer #14)

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I have to write a 5 paragraph essay :p yay 9th grade! -_-

(Yes,  I was being sarcastic.)

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georgeyo | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted September 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM (Answer #16)

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Basil this, Basil that, and add a little basil.

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ella301 | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted September 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM (Answer #18)

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Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, in the sleepy Alabama town of Maycomb. Maycomb is suffering through the Great Depression,

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