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The Moral Vision of Atticus Finch

Advisor: MacKethan, Lucinda H. (NHC Fellow, 1984–85)

By Schramm, Richard R. (NHC Vice President for Education Programs, 1984–2016)

In To Kill a Mockingbird Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose embodies and gives public voice to the values and attitudes of the Old South. The way the novel’s protagonist Atticus Finch responds to her suggests that he lacks the critical perspective needed to acknowledge the depth and pervasiveness of his community’s racism.

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