To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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What type of relationship do Atticus and Scout have? Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

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Atticus and Scout share a loving, father-daughter relationship and have mutual respect for one another throughout the novel. Scout looks up to her father and immediately comes to him for answers about things that she does not comprehend. Atticus is an understanding, loving father, who is always honest with his children. Atticus always tells Scout the truth and even breaks down difficult subjects so that she can understand them. Atticus also allows and encourages Scout to be herself. He knows that she prefers to wear overalls, play with the boys, and read. Instead of confining her to the rigid social code of the Deep South, Atticus allows Scout to feel comfortable and free. Scout loves her father and can also be found on his lap reading with him on most evenings. Even though Scout can find Atticus boring at times, she trusts and loves him very much. Atticus is an exemplary father, who supports and cares for his children throughout the story. 

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