Atticus Finch Monologue Draft

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Every day I try to instil good values and a sense of moral propriety in my children. I make it my duty to aide them towards making righteous decisions and treating others as they wish to be treated. I know they torment Arthur Radley on their way to school; I’m sure now they realize they were wrong in doing so. I do not believe Arthur Radley is simple-minded; he is the way he is because of people like his father, people like Bob Ewell. He is only seeking love and attention by befriending Scout and Jem, I think that will do them some good after everything they’ve been through, and they deserve each other. I’m glad they’re friends now, I can only teach them so much and eventually they’ll get tired of listening to me and will need someone else to gain advice from, I just hope that day doesn’t come soon.

These last few weeks have been difficult for everyone. It’s hard to explain to Scout and Jem that the world is prejudiced and most folk only think of themselves. They were so confused after the final court hearing. It was crystal clear that Tom Robinson was innocent; I saw their faces after the hearing, they looked defeated themselves, and I feel I let them down. It may be wrong of me to think this however; I pray this will be an immense learning curve for them. Scout is far too young to understand this oppression of the niggers. She tells me she is bullied at school for being more learned than the other children. She finds it hard to comprehend why people would pick on her for being smarter than them. I know she enjoys reading and will continue to do it outside of school, but she needs to stop fighting people. I told her “Fighting won’t solve anything Scout.” But I’m not sure how much of that went through.

Jem acts very maturely for his age, and he makes me proud, looking after Scout. Outside the prison on the night Bob Ewell’s men came to kill Tom, he knew something what was going to happen, and implored Scout and Dill to leave with him, but Scout couldn’t...
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