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I need some quotes with page numbers from To Kill a Mockingbird that show how Atticus is a good father.

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Perhaps the most memorable quote of Atticus Finch is his statement about how it is a sin to kill a mockingbird; afterall, the title itself comes from this statement.  In Chapter 10, the seventh paragraph, Atticus gives his children air-rifles, but he does not teach them to shoot:

Uncle Jack instructed us in the rudiments thereof; he said Atticus wasn't interested in guns.  Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds.  Shoot all the bluejays you wnat, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'

Of course, Atticus implies that the children should never harm an innocent creature.  Symbolically, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are like mockingbirds, the children realize later.  And, the irony of Atticus's not teaching the children to shoot is that he himself is a superb shot as he proves on the day he shoots a rabid dog on their street.

Another example of the honorable man that Atticus is comes prior to his...

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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.


mara01 | Student

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.



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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.

lesli93 | Student

I think that what makes Atticus Finh a good father is that he was compassinate and understanding.