What makes Atticus Finch a great father?
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As a father Atticus is affectionate with his children, Jem and Scout, ready with a hug when they need comfort and available to spend time reading to them. Although he allows his children freedom to play and explore, he is also a firm disciplinarian, always teaching his children to think of how their actions affect others and devising punishments to teach his children valuable lessons.
For example, When Jem damages the camellia bushes of Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose, a neighbor who scolds and insults the children, Atticus sentences him to read to her each day. As Jem reads, he and Scout witness the dying woman's battle against her morphine addiction and learn the true meaning of courage: "it's when you know you're licked before you begin but you see it through no matter what," Atticus tells them. It seems as though Atticus is a good father because he has struck a good balance between being supportive and being an authority figure.
Atticus has instilled in his children his strong sense of morality and justice. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. With his strongly held convictions, wisdom, and empathy, Atticus functions as the novel’s moral backbone.
One of the reasons Atticus is a great father, in my opinion, is the way he treats his children like reasonable human beings. For instance, when Scout balks at going to school, fearing that her beloved reading time with her father will be pushed out due to lack of time.
Atticus, in his lawyerly, loving way makes a deal with her. A compromise:
"Do you know what a compromise is?" he asked.
"Bending the law?"
"No, an agreement reached by mutual concessions. It works this way," he said. "if you'll concede the necessity of going to school, we'll go on reading every night just as we always have. Is it a bargain?"
Atticus also is a good father because he sets an example of behavior and honesty. He does not shield the children from tragic events. To do so would not help them mature and would diminish their bond. When Bob Ewell kills himself, Mr. Tate wants Atticus to keep it quiet. Atticus refuses, saying, "Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I've tried to live so I can look squarely back at him...if I connived at something like this, frankly I couldn't mee this eye, and the day I can't do that I'll know I've lost him. I don't want to lose him and Scout, because they're all I've got."
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Bob Ewell did not actually kill himself.
When he was trying to cut Scout, Jem came over to try and get him off of her. Bob breaks Jem's arm and starts to attack him again. Boo Radley comes and pulls Bob back and stabs him with another knife, hence the issue Heck Tate brings about with the two knives on the scene and only one being Bob's. Heck says that he will say there was only one knife so that Boo doesn't get in trouble because Boo was only trying to help. Atticus thinks that Jem stabbed Bob, so he doesn't want Jem taking the easy way out of what he did (but actually didn't do).
(This is what happened in the book, I'm not sure if the movie is any different)
Atticus is a great father for Scout and Jem. They both look up to him not only as a father, but as a teacher and friend. As a lawyer, Atticus is required to be fair in all situations. When Tom Robinson is unjustly accused of assaulting Mayella Ewell, Atticus does all that is within his power to prove Tom’s innocence. To Scout, this is huge, because from Atticus’ actions she learns about how to deal with racism. For Jem, he learns how to pursue his dream on becoming a lawyer. This is important to Atticus as a role model, as it ultimately reflects upon Scout and Jem’s personalities and morals. For example, for Mayella, Bob is a terrible father, as he lies, drinks, and does not seem to have any morals. This leads to Mayella not being responsible for her actions in kissing Tom, as she puts the finger of blame onto Tom. While Bob tells Mayella blame Tom for the incident, when Jem gets in trouble on whether or not he killed Bob Ewell, Atticus does not excuse him and wants to call up a court case to solve the problem. This is significant as it shows Scout that abiding by the law applies to all things in life, and avoiding the law for loved ones is not moral.
In addition to being just, Atticus is also very caring. This applies not only to his children, but to the rest of the neighborhood as well. He shows consideration for Mrs. Dubose for being crabby towards both him and his children, and forgiveness towards Mayella for blaming Tom. His love for his children is also a trait that makes him a great father. In contrast, Bob Ewell does not seem to care much for Mayella, only that she does not embarrass him in front of others. This is shown in court, when Bob does not seem to care that Mayella is hysterical, but only that she points the blame at Tom, and not Bob.
Atticus is a great father in many ways. One example of how he is a great father deals with his style of discipline. He tries to lead Jem or Scout, through discussion, to seeing what it is that they have done wrong and why it is wrong. The strongest lesson he taught dealt with how he treated people. He was fair to all. The trial of Tom Robinson taught his children some of the hardest lessons in life. He knew that his children were growing up in a time of horrible treatment to blacks and through his example of giving his best defense to Tom, even though he took a lot of abuse over it, and not keeping secrets from them about the situation made him a great father. The best always lead through example. He never said do as I say not as I do, but gave a strong example of what was right and made his expectations of his children clear.
a bit from an essay i wrote :)
One of the ways that Harper Lee portrays Atticus as a good father figure in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird is seen through the way he teaches his children to treat all people with equality and respect. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."What this quote means is that you have to look at and understand things from the way that other people do. This quote tells us that Atticus is a good father figure as he is trying to instil good moral values into his children; he is endorsing the value of equality. This lesson of equality is important because Maycomb is a town that is full of social prejudices, specifically social prejudice towards the black community. Atticus is a lawyer but he does not use the complex language that you associate with a lawyer. In this quote we see that Atticus utilises basic language so he can effectively communicate with Scout, ‘climb into his skin and walk around in it’ Atticus uses this sentence to allow Scout to fully comprehend what he is saying. Not only does Atticus tell his children to treat people equally but he actually acts on his own words, making him a perfect role model. The word ‘skin’ is relevant as further in the book a man is accused of a crime due to skin colour. Atticus takes the Tom Robinson case acting as a defence lawyer. Tom Robinson is accused of rape and due to social prejudice against black people; most of the townspeople of Maycomb are against him, with only Atticus on Tom’s side. The reader can clearly observe that Atticus acts on what he ‘preaches’ to his children. He treats tom Robinson like he would treat a man of any other skin colour. In conclusion to this point it is perfectly justifiable that Atticus is a good father figure to his children.
I think that what makes Atticus Finh a good father is that he was compassinate and understanding.
Atticus is a great role model for the children. He teaches them morals, as well as portraying them in his life. He teaches them about inner concciousness, that you should always do what you feel is right, and this shows that he is a great father, as well as a great role model.
Atticus also tells the kids that you don't know a person until you climbed in his skin and walk around it. What he is saying is that don't judge a person who you dpn't know, because you don;t really know what they are going through.
Atticus is a great role model throughout the story, and it seems as if Jem and Scout will turn out to be just like him.
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