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Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” This means that one person can influence many and his influence never stops influencing others. In the English dictionary Influence is defined as the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch plays an important role in influencing Scouts education, Morals, and her overall development. He does so through his words and actions. Atticus Finch plays an important role in educating Scout through out the book. He teaches her many subjects such as the importance of education. Atticus told Scout, “If you'll concede the necessity of going to school, we'll go on reading every night like we always have. Is that a bargain?” (P.41) Atticus comprehends that education is extremely important consequently leading him to bargain with her although he could be in trouble by doing so. Scout then learns the importance of education because although she knows he'll get into trouble, he'll do anything so she'll continue to attend school. He also thought her indirectly how to read. Scout says, “I never deliberately learned to read... I could not remember when the lines above Atticus's moving finger separated into words... everything Atticus happened to be reading when I crawled into his lap every night.” (P.23) Scout never directly learned from Atticus how to read, “ I never deliberately learned to read” but he indirectly thought her to read by always having her while he read. As she said that the “words above Atticus's fingers separated into words.” He always thought her the best way to solve any problem. Once Atticus started to defend Tom Robinson, people start to call him a “nigger love,” so he tells Scout that "…You might hear some ugly…...

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