Scout's Influence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Scout’s influence from Atticus Final Draft Eric Reyzelman
In To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Scout is a brave, responsible, and goodhearted girl that is influenced greatly by her father, Atticus Finch and wants to protect herself and her family. In chapter 7, Atticus is wants Scout to not really pay much attention to how Jem is saying school is pointless, he says Jem is exaggerating. “Atticus told me to drop the adjectives and I’d have the facts”(Lee 79). Scout learns a great deal from her father and he tells her that if you take away the adjectives and the exaggerations, then she would have the facts. Jem is telling her how school is pointless until the sixth grade, and Atticus is trying to explain that she should not be listening
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Atticus’ role in her life was not limited to a normal father figure that pays for her meals and a safe place to live, he was like a teacher outside of school and he tried to shape her life into the best it could be. He was always the first one to tell her and Jem everything they needed to know to be nice, respectful, and caring to others. When Cecil Jacobs yells at Scout and she is ready to fight him, Scout thinks to herself,”Atticus promised he would wear me out if he ever saw me fighting any more. I was far too old and too big for such childish things”(82). Scout ponders the thought that fighting just might not be necessary and that even though Cecil Jacobs was talking about her dad in a dismal way, fighting might not be the answer. Scout starts to realize that fighting is not necessary in anything and that she knows Atticus doesn’t completely love it either. She also understands that however much she tries to protect Atticus and what he’s doing, it won’t have any effect except making others dislike her more. Atticus teaches Scout that all people have feelings, all people get hurt the same way, and that no matter who we are or what we look like, we should be treated

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