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Atticus represents morality and reason in  To Kill a Mockingbird . As a character, Atticus is even- handed throughout the story. He is one of the very few characters who never has to rethink his  position on an issue. His parenting style is quite unique in that he treats his children as adults, honestly answering any  question they have. He uses all these instances as an opportunity to pass his values on to Scout and  Jem. Scout says that "'Do you really think so?' . . . was Atticus's dangerous question" because he  delighted in helping people see a situation in a new light. Atticus uses this approach not only with his  children, but with all of Maycomb. And yet, for all of his mature treatment of Jem and Scout, he  patiently recognizes that they are children and that they will make childish mistakes and  assumptions. Ironically, Atticus's one insecurity seems to be in the child-rearing department, and he 
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