How do the mentors Atticus, Mrs. Maudie, Calphurnia or any other mentors you can think of (I only need 2) teach Jem AND Scout?I need 1 quotation showing how they ARE a mentor and 1 quotation...

How do the mentors Atticus, Mrs. Maudie, Calphurnia or any other mentors you can think of (I only need 2) teach Jem AND Scout?

I need 1 quotation showing how they ARE a mentor and 1 quotation showing how Jem AND scout learn from them (something that the mentor teaches them and then they actually do later in the book would be optimal) per mentor (so 4 in total).  Much appreciated.

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

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Miss Maudie Atkinson gives both Jem and Scout plenty of advice in To Kill a Mockingbird. She teaches Scout about the ways of the mockingbird; she discusses with Jem the importance of Atticus to the community; she tells them both about Atticus' skills--both as a lawyer and a marksman; and she gives them cake when they deserve it. Jem and Scout both know that they can come to Maudie for questions or if they have a problem. She doesn't pry into their lives; she is simply "our friend."

Calpurnia is more than just the Finch housekeeper: She is also the surrogate mother for Jem and Scout (at least until Alexandra arrives). She teaches them manners and how to behave with company. She rarely voices her opinion about others (especially white people), but the children do pick up some factual information from her on occasion. She has taught both Jem and Scout how to write cursive, and she protects them when they need protecting (ex: the mad dog, and Lula at the church) and worries about them when they are absent (ex: the trial). Scout hates her when she is younger (Jem already seems to understand her), but she comes to realize the scoldings she gets from Cal are heartfelt and out of a love for them.

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