Using quotes and examples from the story, To Kill a Mockingbird, explain how Atticus solves/deals with problems?

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  • When Walter Cunningham Sr. has no money to pay for his attorney's fees, Atticus tells him "let that be the least of your troubles." Cunningham slowly pays off his debt with produce grown on his farm. This was OK with Atticus, who said that "Mr. Cunningham had more than paid him."
  • When Scout decides she does not want to return to school, Atticus strikes a bargain with her. "If you'll concede the necessity of going to school, we'll go on reading every night just as we always have." Scout agrees, and school becomes (slightly) more tolerable.
  • After Jem attacks Mrs. Dubose's camellia bushes, Atticus directs him to apologize and make things right with the old woman. Shortly after fulfilling his obligation of reading to her for a month, Mrs. Dubose dies. Atticus explains why she wanted Jem to read to her: It helped take her mind off the morphine addiction that she had decided to kick before she died. Atticus succeeded in teaching Jem a lesson and helped Mrs. Dubose make her final wish come true. "I wanted you to see what real courage was," he told Jem.
  • Atticus helped out the entire town by cutting down the rabid dog. Sheriff Tate worried that he would miss if he took the shot, which might cause the dog to attack one of the neighbors. "I guess he wouldn't shoot (again) till he had to, and he had to today," Miss Maudie told the children of their father, Ol' One-Shot Finch.
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