To Kill A Mockingbird: How Did Atticus Influence Scout

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Ifeoma Aneke
English/1b
January 7,2012

To Kill A Mockingbird
How Did Atticus Influence Scout

In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, I believe that Atticus had a great influence on Scout. Atticus influences Scout by him treating all people with respect and equality and he looked at the positive side of people and events. Atticus also taught her about treating all people equal no matter who they are. Atticus influenced Scout by telling her to treat nature with respect. Atticus teaches them great life lessons that will help them later on even though they don’t know that yet. Atticus has given a great amount of influence to Scout in the novel. Atticus influenced Scout by treating all people with respect and equality and he looked at the positive side of people and events. For example, in chapter 9, Atticus had to defend Tom Robinson (a negro who got accused of beating and raping Mayella Ewell) and he was explaining to Scout why he is doing it. Chapter 9 pgs. 77-78: [Scout] "If you shouldn’t be defendin‘ him, then why are you doin’ it?". [Atticus] "For a number of reasons...The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.". [Scout] "You mean if you didn’t defend that man, Jem and me wouldn’t have to mind you any more?....Why?". [Atticus] "Because I could never ask you to mind me again. Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one’s mine, I guess. You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change… it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.". This example proves that Atticus was looking at the positive side of defending a negro in court...
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