To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Atticus influence Scout's and Jem's lives?

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Atticus has a tremendous influence on his children's lives. Throughout the novel, Atticus teaches Jem and Scout the importance of courage, integrity, perspective, and justice. He not only gives his children valuable insight into the community of Maycomb, but he also encourages them to become morally upright individuals. Atticus leads by example and courageously defends a black man in front of a prejudiced community while simultaneously remaining tolerant towards his racist neighbors. Atticus' actions and lessons impact Jem and Scout's perspective and behavior. Scout learns how to perceive situations from other people's point of view and how to control her anger. Atticus teaches them the importance of protecting innocent beings and following their conscience even when it's considered unpopular. Jem and Scout also gain insight into the duality of...

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