Explain What Atticus Attempts to Teach Jem and Scout in Part One of the Novel in Order to Prepare Them for the Trial.

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Rabies, Meaning of life Pages: 2 (874 words) Published: February 24, 2011
Parts one and two have very different plots and contrast greatly. In part one we learn valuable information about the history of the characters and Maycomb’s ‘southern ways’, we get valuable details that prepare us as the reader for part two. Atticus, however, also prepares his children for the events of part two, such as the trial of Tom Robinson, and all of the criticism and negative comments that would be coming their way. There were many events that helped Atticus see the opportunity to teach Jem and Scout some valuable lessons. The 3 main events that helped him prepare them are the incident on Scout’s first day at school after her getting into a fight with Miss Stephanie, the unusual incident with the rabid dog, and the death of Mrs Dubose.

The rabid dog incident was very significant in Jem and Scout learning information about their father that they never knew, when Scout goes to see Miss Maudie, she tells her that “he is the best checker player in this town” and Scout claims that her and Jem always beat him, and Miss Maudie then explains that “its about time you found out its because he lets you” which surprised Scout a lot, as she thought her father was not anything special as we see when Scout as the narrator describes Atticus as that “he never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish or drink or smoke. He sat in the living room and read” which shows that he is a studious lawyer and somewhat of a loner, and he does not conform to society’s views of what is needed to be a southern gentleman, and also how he sets a sensible example for his children.He does not boast about anything. When Atticus gets put in the position that he has to shoot the dog, he is very reluctant to do so, and when he finally does, Jem and Scout are slightly angry that he had never told them that he was that good at shooting. “one-shot Finch” as Jem calls him. Which shows how he is too modest to tell them, which also explains why when Atticus gave Jem and Scout their own air...
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