What are 3 quotations from the book To Kill a Mockingbird that show that Atticus Finch is a well-educated man?One of the topics of a 5-paragraph essay I am writing about this books is why Atticus...

What are 3 quotations from the book To Kill a Mockingbird that show that Atticus Finch is a well-educated man?

One of the topics of a 5-paragraph essay I am writing about this books is why Atticus defies the stereotype of the 'stupid southerner' by being a very educated man.

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are a few that I have found that demonstrate he received education, then began a business that required significant education. Getting an education does not always make someone smart, but when we are talking about passing the bar exam, intelligence can be assumed.

"...the tradition of living on the land remained unbroken until well into the twentieth century, when my father, Atticus Finch, went to Montgomery to read law, and his younger brother went to Boston to study medicine." (4)

"When my father was admitted to the bar, he returned to Maycomb and began his practice." (4)

Another evidence of intellect is one who spends money wisely:

"During his first five years in Maycomb, Atticus practiced economy more than anything; for several years thereafter he invested his earnings in his brother’s education. John Hale Finch was ten years younger than my father, and chose to study medicine at a time when cotton was not worth growing; but after getting Uncle Jack started, Atticus derived a reasonable income from the law."

These are all in chapter one, but demonstrate different stereotypes of intellect. They are each examples of education although you might break them down when writing your essay so your quotes aren't too long for your paper.

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