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.
These bad habits that Atticus has refrained from have had an impact on the way his children have been brought up. Unlike Bob, Atticus cares for his children and tries to help the... ... middle of paper ... ...m to their senses...That proves something - that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they're still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children." (Page 173) As Scout saved her father from the mobs, the relationship between both characters increases, but the relationship is also shown as being complicated as Scout remembered a lesson that her father taught her in the weirdest of situations. In essence, in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ the relationship between Scout and Atticus is presented with many flaws as it is complicated yet understandable.
Lastly, Atticus demonstrates exemplary life lessons of sacrifice by doing an unpleasant/dangerous job by defending Tom Robinson in court, and also by sacrificing not only his safety, but also his children’s safety to save Mayella Ewell from getting an extra and unnecessary beating. As a final analysis, throughout individual’s lives, not only do they learn, but they also teach other individuals many valuable life lessons that help them mature as human beings. Works Cited Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Harper & Row Publishers Inc., 1982.
(p35). This marks one of the philosophies that Atticus tries the hardest to teach his children, that you should look at things from others' points of view before judging them and should act with compassion and an open-mind at all times- Jem begins to understand this later in the book when he says to Scout, 'I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time it's because he
The courage Jem and Scout learn help them to view ideas differently and pursue their dreams. The empathy Scout and Dill learn help them treat others the same way they want to be treated. Atticus has taught these lessons to the children, hoping that they can see these lessons out of his eyes too, not just their own. Hillary Clinton once announced, “When I was growing up, my parents always told me that I had to do what I thought was right and not listen to other people. That was hard for me” (BrainyQuote).
The most essential responsibility of a parent is to keep their children safe; most will not intentionally but their children in harm’s way. Harper Lee writes about a parent whose children are endangered and altered because of a decision that he makes. In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch chooses to represent Tom Robinson in court, putting his children in potential danger, earning respect from numerous people surrounding him, and teaching his kids valuable life lessons; if individuals always chose to do what is right, instead of settling for the easy solution, difficulties could be often eliminated. Atticus Finch, a moral perfection, accepts the case of Tom Robinson despite strong opposition from his neighbors; thus, Jem and Scout are put in danger. Tom Robinson’s case deals with controversial material to begin with, which is only made more contentious because of Tom’s skin color.
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.
At this point, Atticus receives his call to adventure and has to determine whether to take the case or not. In the beginning, Atticus realizes the attention that this case will bring and what it’ll mean for his family. He knows that it will expose his children to the cruelties of society that he’s tried to protect them from. Atticus comes to the conclusion that if he refuses the case, there will be no one else to take it and he’d essentially be declaring Tom guilty from the start. He knows that the chances of Tom getting off innocent is slim, although he needed to try for the sake of his own conscious and for everything he tries to instill in his children.
In the relationship between Atticus and Jem, it is clearly emphasized on numerous occasions through dialogue that Atticus wants his children to continue to trust him. It is shown through Atticus’s conversations with other adults and Jem’s conversations with Scout. One clearer moment of Atticus’s need for the children’s trust is when he is in an argument with Sheriff Heck Tate about the cause of Bob Ewell’s death Atticus claims, “ If this thing’s hushed up it’ll be a simple denial to Jem of the way I’ve tried to raise him. Sometimes I think I’m a total failure as a parent, but I’m all they’ve got. Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him .
No matter how hard life becomes Atticus does not give up. The Finch family becomes hopeful, as Atticus educates the children to accept everyone. Scout and Jem discover hope throughout the novel, from their father, Atticus teaching it to them. Hope comes in many different forms in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The cruelty of Maycomb, when being racist and prejudice, gives hope for an equal and fair future.