"I can't live one way in town and another way in home." What does he mean by this? Give examples from the bookI want examples from the book as in how he shows that he cannot live one way at home...

"I can't live one way in town and another way in home." What does he mean by this? Give examples from the book

I want examples from the book as in how he shows that he cannot live one way at home and different outside.

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Atticus is referring to the way he lives his life. He's explaining that it would be hypocritical to behave one way in public and a different way at home with his children. He means that he cannot be racist or unethical in his dealings with people and then go home and tell his children not to be racists or cheats. Atticus believes all people deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. Atticus treats the poor with the same respect that he treats the wealthy, and more importantly, he treats the black people of Maycomb with the same kind of respect that he has for the whites. This is the reason why he feels he must defend Tom Robinson. Atticus truly believes in equality during a time when it wasn't popular or accepted by society. He doesn't expect his children to be more or less than he is himself. Atticus knows that children will emulate the actions of their parents, and he takes his job as a parent and as a role model very seriously.

I already mentioned Tom Robinson as an example of how Atticus treats people, and Walter Cunningham is another example. When Walter comes home with Scout for lunch, Atticus treats him as he would any guest in his home. When Scout makes fun of Walter, she is punished by Atticus for showing disrespect to a guest in their home. Atticus has a number of clients who cannot afford to pay him money, so many of them pay him with whatever they're able to give him, such as wood for heat.

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