Atticus is a good father. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus tries to be a good father as much as possible to Scout and Jem. Atticus finch is as good of a father as he is a lawyer. He is a loving and caring father and teaches Scout and Jem the difference between right and wrong as well as equality for all. Atticus Finch as a parent teaches Scout and Jem moral values and tries his hardest to pass on to his children his way of thinking.
He teaches them the important life lessons that they can't learn from books or blackboards. " `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'"(30). This conversation between Atticus and Scout comes early in the novel, and helps the reader to appreciate the special bond between Atticus and his children. They respect him as their father, and they value his opinions and advice. In addition to sharing his thoughts and wisdom with Scout and Jem, Atticus teaches through example.
He sets positive examples for his children by showing them courage and respecting others. In other words, Atticus ' children, Jem and Scout Finch refer to their father as his first name. They do not refer to him as “dad” or “father” or any other name. This is a clever idea because it shows that Atticus wants his children to open up to him and treat him as an equal individual. By calling him “Atticus”, it improves the relationship between him and his children.
He treats his children like equals, this is apparent from the beginning, especially as they call him Atticus and not father. Education is important to Atticus, he believes that education is the key to unlocking the ignorance that causes prejudice, this is noticeable during the Tom Robinson case where Atticus says, 'confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the evil assumption that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their calibre' (p211). Consequently, he teaches his children from an early age, although he does not employ the conventional methods used to tutor children. Scout was taught to read by following whatever Atticus was reading in the evenings; again, Atticus did not treat her as inferior but allowed her to read from newspapers etc like an adult. This is a stark contrast from Scout's first teacher, Miss Caroline, who is displeased that Scout can already read and commands her to tell Atticus not to teach her to read, telling Scout that is was 'best to begin reading with a new mind' (p23).
A father is someone who is there for his children, to care, to love and to teach them how to face the world on their own. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch cherishes his children, Jem and Jean Louise, and wishes them to strive beyond their potential. Jem and Jean Louise, also known as Scout, love their father for everything that he does. Atticus does his best to teach his children right from wrong with his own personal methods that should not be judged. Many neighbors and family members question and complain about the control that Atticus has over his children.
Through Atticus, Harper Lee establishes a standard of good and evil, developing the theme of morality during his interactions. Atticus establishes right from wrong in most every relationship, especially with his children, his friends and family, and his occupational ties. These relationships come to the reader filtered through the childlike lens of Scout Finch, Atticus’s young daughter, as she begins to encounter the weighty topics of the adult world. The parenting techniques that Atticus employs for Scout and her older brother Jem seem, at first blush, to lack the necessary structure that his children need to learn proper manners. This may partially be due to his work obligations, and the fact that his wife died which Scout was only a baby.
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.
Lee uses Scout's father, Atticus Finch, described through Scout's eyes, to demonstrate how integrity, courage, and prejudice can shape one's life. Lee strengthens her point about the senselessness of prejudice through the use of symbolism. It is human nature to do that which comes easy, and this applies to beliefs as well; people often find themselves going along with what the rest of the people accept as true and virtuous, and do not actually take time to consider the values and validity of their viewpoints. Atticus, however, is a man who thinks well about what he chooses to believe and what he teaches his children about morals. An instance of Atticus making the morally correct choice, even though it is harder, is when he chooses to defend a black man named Tom Robinson in a law case.
He knows that if he doesn’t follow his conscience and do what he knows is right, he won’t be able to respect himself. He also knows that he is setting an example for his children both by what he says and what he does. Atticus is a great example of a good parent because he treats other people with respect, honesty, and integrity. Atticus always exhibits respect for other people. Because the children are fascinated by the odd character of Boo Radley, Atticus tries to help them understand that people are unusual.
When a child asks you something, answer him for goodness sake…” (116). Atticus obviously does not want his children to miss out on any knowledge, no matter what that knowledge happens to be. Secondly, Atticus is a wonderful mentor. This is shown when he forces Jem to read to Mrs. Dubose in order for Jem to learn what real courage is. Lastly, Atticus is very understanding, despite his strict nature.