Specific examples of how Atticus taught his children tolerance, and examples of how the kids displayed it.

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MISS CAROLINE.  After Miss Caroline scolded Scout and demanded that her father stop teaching her to read since "your father does not know how to teach," Atticus first taught her about how to "climb into his skin and walk around in it." Scout took his advice and saw her teacher in a new light--young, inexperienced and imperfect, but "a pretty little thing."

THE "N" WORD.  When Scout demanded to know if Atticus really "defended niggers," he replied,

    "Of course I do. Don't say nigger, Scout. That's common." 
    " 's what everybody at school says."
    "From now on, it'll be everybody less one."  

Scout discards the use of the "N" word from that point, and after spending time with Calpurnia at church and witnessing the treatment of Tom Robinson, she gains an understanding of the injustices that Maycomb Negroes faced.

HUMILITY.  Jem and Scout are amazed at Atticus' "One-Shot" Finch legacy, but after Miss Maudie explains that talented people never need to brag about their talents, they see him in a new light. Jem proclaims, "Atticus is a gentleman, just like me." He tells Scout not to mention his marksmanship skills to Atticus, and his growing pains begin shortly thereafter. He even begins to show Scout some newfound big brotherly respect.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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