What are a few quotes that show Atticus as a good father in To Kill a Mockingbird?

One quote that shows Atticus as a good father in To Kill a Mockingbird is when Atticus says he hopes his children will "come to [him] for their answers instead of listening to the town" in chapter 9. He demonstrates that he wants his children to use him as a resource and hopes that he can set a good example for them.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

One way to determine the fatherly impact Atticus has on Scout and Jem is by examining their daily lives together. Atticus shares a warm and nurturing relationship with his children, and they are thrilled when he returns home from work each day. As soon as they see him in the distance, Scout and Jem rush to meet him:

When Jem and I raced each other up the sidewalk to meet Atticus coming home from work, I didn’t give him much of a race. It was our habit to run meet Atticus the moment we saw him round the post office corner in the distance. Atticus seemed to have forgotten my noontime fall from grace; he was full of questions about school.

This spontaneous joy in welcoming Atticus home each day is an indication of the bond he has built as a father. He also is involved, immediately interacting with Scout about the details of her day.

When Scout comes home from school upset about her teacher's instructions that she can no longer read with Atticus, she is so distraught that she doesn't want to...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 1076 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on