What makes Atticus Finch a respectful person? 

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It's often said that those who seek respect must give respect. And there can be no doubt that Atticus is deeply respectful of other people. He has this remarkable ability to put himself into other people's shoes, even if they've acted unpleasantly towards him. Take Mrs. Dubose, for example. Most people in town see her as nothing but a grouchy old lady who readily shouts abuse at anyone she doesn't like. (And she doesn't seem to like anyone.) But Atticus's extraordinary degree of empathy allows him to see beneath her mean-spirited, ornery exterior. He knows that Mrs. Dubose suffers from a long-standing addiction to morphine that she's been struggling to break for some years. In his eyes, this...

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