Atticus As A Father/To Kill A Mockingbird

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English Atticus In the quiet southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, a town steeped in its traditions, Harper Lee's story To Kill A Mockingbird took place. It is the story of a motherless family, the Finchs. Atticus, a local defense attorney, was the father of two children: Jem, his son 10 years of age, and Scout his daughter who was 6 years of age. Throughout the story, Atticus teaches his children very important values and acts as a good role model for them. Atticus worked hard with Jem and Scout on their education. It was very important to Atticus that his children be well educated, and for them to value their education. Atticus spent hours teaching them to read and write. The children also spent much time observing Atticus as he read and wrote. By observing Atticus educate himself through his reading and writing, they were given a good model to follow. Because Atticus valued his own education, the children were taught the value of education in their everyday life. Atticus was educated at home by his father. He learned to educate himself through observing his parents and by doing things without having been taught. By being a good role model for reading and writing when he was home, he used this method of learning to teach his children in their education. Atticus was a very humble man. For Christmas, Jem and Scout both received air rifles from their uncle. Atticus gave them very strict instructions to never shoot a Mockingbird because they do not harm anything, and only sing beautiful music. Atticus would not teach the children how to shoot their rifles. He didn't want them to use their rifles, and did not even use one himself. Jem and Scout thought that Atticus was old and wasn't fun or good for anything. However, one day a rabid dog was roaming around town near their home and Atticus was called to help get rid of the dog. No one would try to shoot the dog themselves because the dog was too far away to hit from where they were. The men asked Atticus to shoot it because they knew he could hit it from a long distance. Atticus was once an expert shooter and was known as "one-shot Finch." Jem and Scout couldn't believe that their father had been such a good shooter for all of this time and that they had not known about it. This was very humble of Atticus in that he didn't brag to his children or anyone else about his skill of shooting. He would not even teach his children how to shoot a gun. It takes a lot of character to keep such a skill and reputation quiet from people so close to...

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