In Harper Lee's novel Scout tends to always defend herself when someone is insulting her or her family with her fists and fighting. Throughout the novel Atticus tries to break her of this habit and attempts to teach her that there are other ways to solve a disagreement rather then fighting. "You might hear some ugly talk about it at school. But do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat. Try fighting with you head for a change..." PG 84. Even though Scout doesn't want to discard her father's advice she finds it harder to walk away from a fight than to just ignore the things being said.
The advice Atticus gave to Scout was good because even though u want to defend yourself when other people say bad things about you violence still never solves anything.
It'll only make the situation worse as the people who are saying the "ugly talk" know that what they say will make you angry or hurt in a way. Therefore they'll just keep doing it till the point where you're used to it and making you angry isn't fun any more. But if you ignore their insults and do absolutely nothing about what they're saying they'll stop because it's not entertaining and find another person to make fun of.
In To Kill A Mockingbird when Jem and Scout walked past Mrs Dubose she always insults them and one time Jem retaliated back by cutting off the tops of Mrs Dubose's flowers. "He did not begin to calm down until he had cut the tops off every camellia bush Mrs Dubose owned, until the ground was littered with green...