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PARENT / CHILD RELATIONSHIPS IN TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Atticus, Jem & Scout. The narrator, who we later discover is Scout, reveals that, as adults, she and Jem still seek out Atticus when the need arises.
We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight, so we consulted Atticus (Chapter 1).
Boo Radley & His Father. Boo's mental status derived, in part, from the dysfunctional relationship he had with his father.
Nobody knew what form of intimidation Mr. Radley employed to keep Boo out of sight, but... Atticus said... there were ways of making people into ghosts (Chapter 1).
Scout & Atticus. After Scout's terrible first day at school, she decided that she was better off being educated at home--just like Atticus. This was not acceptable to Atticus, but he also knew that it would not be easy convincing Scout. He decided upon a compromise.
"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?" (Chapter 3)
Dill & His Stepfather. Dill's relationships with his various fathers are stormy at best. It apparently got so bad that he decided to run away; but, with Dill, you never knew what was truth or fiction.
Having been bound in chains and left to die in the basement by his new father, who disliked him, and secretly kept alive on raw field peas by a passing farmer who heard his cries for help, Dill worked his way free by pulling the chains from the wall (Chapter 14).
Jem & Atticus. Although Atticus ordered Jem and Scout to leave the jail on the night the lynch mob appeared, Jem refused to leave. His loyalty was not lost on Atticus.
... I assumed that Atticus was giving him hell for not going home, but I was wrong. As they passed under a streetlight, Atticus reached out and massaged Jem's hair, his one gesture of affection (Chapter 15).
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