Atticus: The Ideal Father In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper lee in this novel makes me feel relief and happiness that a man like Atticus raises Scout and Jem. Atticus is an ideal father, even though he makes mistakes, he always tries to be the best father. His parenting style is firm but fair and he lets the children make their own decisions and discoveries. He treats the children as equals always telling the truth about everything and letting them call him “Atticus”. As a father he leads by example.
Atticus teaches his children many valuable lessons. The most prominent of these is of understanding things from different perspectives. Atticus believes “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”. This self belief is a message to his children of what Atticus preaches most, understanding. The children get many chances to apply this message in their everyday life. Scout does not understand this fully until the end of the book, after Boo Radley saves her and Jem’s life, after a freak encounter with Bob Ewell. Jem and scout had always misjudged Boo as someone to be feared not revered. After BobEwell’s attack scout realises that she had not understood boo Radley at all, just understood everyone else’s presumptions. I believe the author put this message to , display how Atticus raises his children more maturely and treats them more as equals. He proves this further by never beating his children and giving them the freedom of discovering things on the on.
Harper lee as the story goes on gives us other examples of families in Maycomb and compares them with Atticus’s parenting styles. Atticus, who treats his children with respect and love, is completely different to families such as the Radleys and Ewell’s. Bob Ewell who is a widower who is cavalier towards his children and leaves them to their own devices. The responsibility falls upon the head of his eldest and only daughter, Mayella Ewell. Later on, during tom Robinsons trial that, Mayella is afraid of her father, who beats her and possibly rapes her. The juxtaposed families, makes Atticus look like a saint up against...

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