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“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final farming of a persons character lies in there own hands” (Frank, Anne). The book, To Killing A Mockingbird, contains a lot of parental influences, which consist of either good influences or bad ones. Influences can come in various forms such as through examples or through direct kinds where the parent is directly telling their child what to do. The two children will learn to express empathy before judging someone as well as learn not to be prejudice towards others. Lastly, in the end of the book the reader can notice the children to be growing up from their father’s advice. Essentially, To Killing A Mockingbird supports that parents are highly influential on their children. While Jem was young in his childhood, Atticus influenced Jem through multiple ways. For instance, when Jem and Scout received there airsoft gun, Jem was determined to shoot all the birds he saw however Atticus denied that and stated, “Shoot all the Blue Jays you want if you can hit’ em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee, 90). This quote portrays how Atticus is teaching Jem a life lesson, and through this, he explains to Jem the importance of never harming an innocent thing, especially one that does not negatively impact others. Another incident where Atticus influenced Jem for his future is when Walter Cunningham’s father brought the Lynch Mob to the jail cell where Tom Robinson was. The day he was talking to Jem and Scout, he states, “I don’t want either of you bearing a grudge about this thing no matter what happens” (Lee, 158). Atticus tells Jem and Scout to always keep a fresh mind and forgive other people when they hurt you. This displays how Atticus advise... ... middle of paper ... ...nt where Bob Ewell tried to kill Jem and Scout but Boo saves them, Scout is thinking in her head on the street at night near Boo’s house. Scout thinks, “Boo was our neighbor. He gave us soap, dolls, a broken watch and a chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives” (Lee, 278). Scout thought that Boo was a monster however she learns and begins to realize that you should not pre-judge people. Instead you should understand their story, consider the value of their actions, and what they have done for you. To Kill A Mockingbird supports the argument that parents are highly influential on their children. It is evident that children do take their parents advice. This story illustrates both types of influences Atticus has on his kids which make them better individuals: the influence he has on them while they grow up and the advice they obtain from him in the future.

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