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Why does Opal's father make her apologize to Stevie Dewberry in Because of Winn-Dixie?

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Opal's father is trying to teach Opal a life lesson, to help her become more tolerant, and to see things from other people's perspective when he makes her apologize to Stevie Dewberry.  By making her tell Stevie that she is sorry if she said anything that hurt his feelings, the preacher is guiding Opal to take responsibility for her own actions even if she feels she has been wronged and does not understand why people act the way they do (Chapter 18) .

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