Evidence for the lessons taught by Atticus Finch.I chose Courtesy, Integrity and Tolerance. I'm having trouble gathering evidence for courtesy and integrity and also forming in into a nice clean...

Evidence for the lessons taught by Atticus Finch.

I chose Courtesy, Integrity and Tolerance. I'm having trouble gathering evidence for courtesy and integrity and also forming in into a nice clean concise paragraph. Please help me on some evidence.

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jblederman eNotes educator| Certified Educator


  • Atticus discourages the children from playing the Boo Radley game, and from bothering Boo in general. Look for evidence in chapters four and five.
  • Atticus asks Jem to ge gentlemanly toward Mrs. Dubose, no matter how she treats him. Look in chapter eleven.
  • Atticus respectfully grants his sister's request to tutor the children in the importance of their ancestry. Look in chapter thirteen.
  • Atticus courteously allows Dill to spend the night when them when Dill runs away from home. Loom in chapter fourteen.
  • Atticus faces down the mob that has come to kill Tom Robinson, but uses gentlemanly language and has a courteous demeanor. Look in chapter fifteen.


  • Atticus tells Scout that he must defend Tom Robinson, no matter what the outcome of the case may be. He has a similar conversation whith his brother Jack. Look in chapter nine.
  • Atticus defends Tom Robinson to the best of his ability, despite the disapproval of most of the town. Look in chapters seventeen through nineteen.
  • Atticus would have insisted that Jem faced the consequences of killing Bob Ewell. He argues with Heck Tate over thematter before he realizes that Boo killed Ewell. Look in chapter thirty-one.
bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Other examples not mentioned in the previous posts:

  • Atticus scolds Scout for using the "N" word. " 'Don't say nigger, Scout. That's common.' " This advice seems to cover all three of your terms--courtesy, integrity and tolerance.  (Chapter 9)
  • COURTESY.  Atticus amends Scout's greeting upon her first meeting with Boo Radley. " 'Hey, Boo,' I said.  'Mr. Arthur, honey,' said Atticus, gently correcting me."  (Chapters 29-30)
  • TOLERANCE / COURTESY.  Atticus warns Scout that "he would wear me out if he ever heard of me fighting any more." He tells Scout to ignore the insults of the children at school concerning his defense of Tom Robinson; they have a right to their opinion, too.  (Chapter 9)  
clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator


"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, Chapter 3)


"Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets." (Miss Maudie, Chapter 5)


"Atticus is a gentleman, just like me!" (Jem, Chapter 10)

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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