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Quote Analysis By: Lawson T. Pinnix Quote: "So it took an eight-year-old child to bring 'em to their senses, didn't it?" said Atticus. "That proves something-- that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they're still human." (p. 157) Atticus were stating these words to Jem that they were just people. Paraphrased Quote: So it took a little girl to stop them and regain their common sense, did it not? That shows me something Tem even the savage beast can be calmed, simply because it has a shred of humanity left. By calling the mob a "gang of wild animals," Atticus is referencing the courage it took for Scout to stand up to the men. It also seems to reference Atticus' belief that racism will eventually disappear. Here a "gang of wild animals" is referring to racists, so Atticus is saying that racism can be defeated by striking at the one point where we all are the same, our humanity. Also in this quote Scout singled out Mr. Cunningham in the group of men in the mob, and talked to him like an adult, multiple times she mentioned his kid, and his family so this would have sparked in him that he is a father, and he is a part of a family which would have brought thoughts that reminds him of reality, and how if the mobsters went into the prison and either hurt or kill Tom Robinson, it would have a negative emotional impact on them. After scout singled out Mr. Cunningham and talked to him a little bit, the mob then backed off. This shows that since Scout has singled out this one man, it proves that when a bunch of men are in a mob, it lets them hide behind each other, and forget reality while only aiming for the main goal, what would be to either hurt or kill Tom

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