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.
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. Atticus worries that his children sees to much racism and injustice, and tries to show his children that all people are equal no matter the color of their skin. He teaches them to go against the norm in Maycomb which is prejudice and unjust in their actions. Atticus is a good father for teaching his children to respect everyone. Scout asks Atticus if he is a “nigger lover” and he simply replies, "I certainly am.
What is the best way to become a good person? To become a good person, one must experience life lessons, rather than being taught them, to know how to apply them in real life. In “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, the main characters Scout, and Jem, experienced life lessons throughout the novel, which contributed to them becoming good people.Throughout the story the children experienced life lessons from the tale of Boo Radley, their father Atticus Finch, and the case of Tom Robinson as they teach about false judgement due to rumors, what true bravery is, and how the world is unfair. In this case, Jem and Scout learned about false judgement due to rumors by the tale of Boo Radley. The tale of Boo Radley was that of a teenager who was locked up by his father in their house after some mischief in his teen years.
I’ll not have you around him, picking up his habits an... ... middle of paper ... ...…It was only a fantasy. We would never see him.” (Lee, 242) Finally, however, when Boo Radley saves Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell, she is able to see him as he is: as a man. Scout issues her final judgment on Boo in the final paragraphs of the book, as she refers to the Gray Ghost: “an’ Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn’t done any of those things…Atticus, he was real nice….” (Lee, 281) “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is a book primarily focused on racial prejudice, but it is even more focused on the prejudices of each day. Scout learns, over the events of the story, how to treat anyone she meets; be they outliers, opponents, or enigmas; with respect and dignity. Through experience and maturation, she finally learns to “climb into [one’s] skin and walk around in it.” Works Cited Citations To Kill A Mockingbird; Harper Lee
She does this very effectively by making Scout, the main girl in the story, and Jem, her brother, seemingly innocent, because they have not seen evil this early in their lives. The evil comes later when Mr. Ewell attempts to kill both Jem and Scout. Once the two children see and experience this evil, it changes their lives forever. They begin to see how the world can be different from their views. The morals for Scout and Jem to live by come from their father, Atticus Finch.
A strong theme is perseverance, shown once again through Atticus. When Scout asks her father about why he is defending a black man in a case he is sure to lose, he responds by saying “Just because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason not to try” (101). This is a loud speaking quote about Harper Lee’s views. Atticus believes that even when the outcome of a challenge has already been decided, that that isn’t a reason not to fight for a different outcome. Even when a loss is certain, a lesson is taught that you can still attempt to win.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a well-known coming-of-age novel that showcases many characters that experience different life lessons, which develops the maturity within some characters. In the novel, there is a strong father and son relationship that deepens as the story progresses, showing how much a parent impacts their child’s development. Jem Finch is a prime example of how Atticus Finch’s ways of raising his children differ compared to most parents. Atticus guides both his children, Jem and Scout, throughout life but also trusts them enough to give them room to let them mature and grow into the person they chose to be. Harper Lee showcases the bond between Atticus and Jem by engraving certain stylistic writing techniques such
Parents are children's first and most important role models,” it is important for a parent to set healthy and positive examples throughout a child's development stage. In a small town of social division through prejudice and intolerance, Atticus teaches to Jem and Scout his values and beliefs through setting examples. Atticus teaches them that prejudice is bad by going against societal norms, such as taking a black man's case in a dominating “white society” and standing up for the African-American community to defend their equal rights. When Scout questions, "...Why did Cecil say you defended niggers? He made it sound like you were runnin' a still," Atticus then responds, "I'm simply defending a Negro...they're clean living folks.
When taking the case he overcomes people 's ignorance , and is able to shoulder the negativity of his town, as seen when he says to Scout. “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning” (Lee 76). Atticus wisdom toward taking the case was right because he shows how positivity to his kids through looking the good in other people .
Lastly, Atticus continues to teach valuable lessons, about sacrifice. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is portrayed as an extraordinary character who teaches valuable life lessons about morals, courage, and sacrifice. Atticus Finch is an extraordinary individual who teaches his children Jem and Scout valuable life lessons about morals. Atticus does so by teaching his children that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Atticus says that mockingbirds do not harm anyone, and that all they do is make beautiful music for us to enjoy.