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In To Kill a Mockingbird, how is Atticus Finch a good father?

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Atticus Finch is a good father in many ways. He truly cares about his children and strives to be a good role model to them. He teaches them responsibility and morality by modeling the very behaviors they should strive for. For instance, he takes on Tom's case because it's the right thing to do. He defends Tom both in and out of the courtroom, which goes beyond his job as attorney. For instance, he sits in front of the jail to protect Tom, showing that it's important to help people—especially innocent people (mockingbirds) who haven't hurt anyone. Scout and Jem note their father's actions and recognize the lessons he attempts to teach them.

In addition to modeling behavior, Atticus actually talks to his children and is honest with them. When they ask questions, they are assured he will tell them the truth. He speaks to them, not at them, which is why they feel comfortable discussing difficult topics such as the trial, discrimination in the community, or the poverty of their neighbors. When...

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