Atticus Finch consistently shows that he is fair in his dealings with his children. Rather than just give them orders and expect them to be obedient, Atticus always makes an effort to explain things to them. When Scout starts school, she has an eventful and difficult first day. Her father, who knows she is impatient, encourages her to be more understanding with her teacher, who was not pleased to learn that she could already read. When Scout tries to convince him that she should not have to return to school, he suggests that they reach a “compromise,” in part because he wants to teach her the concept of
an agreement reached by mutual concession . . . If you’ll concede the necessity of going to school, we’ll go on reading every night just as we always have. Is it a bargain?
Overall, Atticus is deeply devoted to justice but he knows it cannot always be achieved. He is regretful but also largely resigned to the social limits of achieving justice in Maycomb. After Tom Robinson is found...
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