What is an analysis of Atticus's relationships?Please may you help with 2 quotations between Atticus-Scout, Atticus-Jem, Atticus-Calpurnia and Atticus-Aunt Alexandra. If so please may you add...

What is an analysis of Atticus's relationships?

Please may you help with 2 quotations between Atticus-Scout, Atticus-Jem, Atticus-Calpurnia and Atticus-Aunt Alexandra. If so please may you add analysis. Thanks :)

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There is a great deal of affection between Scout and Atticus. She seems to crawl into Atticus’s lap whenever she has a problem.

When Scout gets in trouble at school, Atticus explains to her that she needs to learn to look at things from another person’s point of view.

“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.” (3)

This is a valuable lesson, and it makes Scout feel better. Scout also learns another important lesson about how the world works when she has another problem- people picking on her since Atticus is defending Tom Robinson.

“Atticus, are we going to win it?”

“No, honey.”

“Then why—”

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,” Atticus said. (9)

It is really two important lessons Scout learns here. She learns about the world’s unfairness, but also about the importance of standing up to injustice no matter what.


Atticus has a similar relationship with Jem, but since Jem is older he is more concerned with making sure Atticus respects him. This is pointed out in his reaction to losing the pants.

“I—it’s like this, Scout,” he muttered. “Atticus ain’t ever whipped me since I can remember. I wanta keep it that way.”

... “You mean he’s never caught you at anything.”

“Maybe so, but—I just wanta keep it that way, Scout. We shouldn’a done that tonight, Scout.” (6)

It is more important to Jem that Atticus respects him. He does not want to let Atticus down. When Jem ruins Mrs. Dubose’s flowers, Atticus arranges for Jem to read to her so he can get to know her and learn about courage.

“She had her own views about things, a lot different from mine, maybe… 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. 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.” (11)

He wants Jem to grow up understanding that courage means believing in your own beliefs, and not giving up.


Atticus has a great deal of respect for Calpurnia. He makes his children mind her. He cares about her.

Atticus brings Cal into the house so that his children will have a mother figure. He values Calpurnia’s help and influence over his children and takes her very seriously, such as when she called him to tell him about the mad dog.

“Mr. Finch!” she shouted. “This is Cal. I swear to God there’s a mad dog down the street a piece—he’s comin‘ this way, yes sir, he’s—Mr. Finch, I declare he is —old Tim Johnson, yes sir… yessir… yes—” (10)

Atticus depends a lot on Cal during the case, because she is friends with the Robinsons.

“Oh yes, the guards called to him to stop. ...Cal, I want you to come out with me and help me tell Helen.”(24)


The relationship between Alexandra and Atticus is somewhat formal and strained. When she says “I’m sorry, brother,” (22), Scout comments she has never heard her call him that before.

Atticus is always polite to his sister- even as he stands up to her.

“Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants to. .... We still need Cal as much as we ever did.” (14)

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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