What influence does Atticus in To Kill A Mockingbird have on his family and community?

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As a man of integrity, Atticus Finch effects a moral influence upon his family as well as some members of his community; on others he effects negative reactions, stirring the darkness of their hearts.


  • Atticus talks to Scout after her disturbing criticisms of Scout and her father from her new teacher, Miss Caroline, stating what become the overriding theme: "You never really understand a person...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." 
  • He teaches the children to treat everyone fairly and to respect them as a individuals and not to rashly judge them. These people include Walter Cunningham, Boo Radley, Mrs. Dubose, Calpurnia, Aunt Alexandra, Uncle Jack, Cousin Francis, Mr. Dolphus Raymond, Mr. Underwood, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Gilmer, Tom Robinson and his family, and even Mayella and Bob Ewell as well as all the other members of the Maycomb community. When, for example, old Mrs. Dubose hurls invectives at their father and Jem retaliates by tearing off the blooms of...

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