What are examples of prejudice that Atticus Finch shows in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird? What other values does Atticus show?

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In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is generally characterized as the one who represents the antithesis of a prejudiced society by being unprejudiced himself. One of his most famous lines addressed to Scout demonstrates the amount of empathy he has for his fellow humanity and his ability to see things from others' views, without allowing his opinions to be clouded by bias or prejudice:

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. (Ch. 3)

Yet, Harper Lee also made Atticus a very human character. Like all humans, there are at least a couple of places in which he does permit his own thinking to be clouded with prejudice.

The term prejudice can be defined as "any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable" (Random House Dictionary ). This tells us that not all prejudiced beliefs are bad beliefs about others; some are good beliefs about others. What makes a judgement prejudiced...

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