What did Scout's Uncle Jack learn from Scout and Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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gkopf | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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While visiting the Finches, Uncle Jack learns to take Scout's arguments seriously.  It is by now common knowledge that Atticus is defending a black man, which despite the respect people have for Atticus, is looked down upon.  Scout's cousin Francis visits and runs around the house taunting Scout about her father's job and saying that Atticus has become a " n*****-lover.”  Scout punches Francis and is pulled off Francis by Uncle Jack, who scolds her.

Scout is not apologetic about her actions.  While Uncle Jack at first seems preoccupied with scolding Scout, Scout lashes out at him and says that he never listens to her side of the story.  Uncle Jack is taken aback, and does stop to consider Scout's perspective.  He apologizes to Scout, and learns to respect her side of the story.