Atticus is an excellent attorney who loves the law and practices it with honor. He is also a responsible father who loves his children and guides them with patience and understanding as they grow up. As a man of sound judgment and good heart, he makes few mistakes in the novel, but Atticus is a human being and not without error.
As a father, Atticus makes the mistake of underestimating the depth of Bob Ewell's rage and the danger he poses to Jem and Scout. He lets the children walk home alone after the pageant, exposing them to the attack by the drunken Ewell. The evil of attacking children is simply beyond Atticus' comprehension; he had never considered the possibility.
Another mistake, perhaps, is that he does not step in...
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