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Atticus Finch Is A Model Parent Who Teaches His Children Valuable Life Lessons.

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Parenting is one of the most challenging and rewarding tasks possible. In the novel ToKill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is a model parent who teaches his childrenimportant lessons about life. He teaches his children to respect themselves and others, to try theirbest to do what's right, and what real courage is.Atticus Finch is a very respected man in Maycomb. He shows respect to a lot of peopleincluding his children, the Negroes, his neighbours and Arthur Radley. When asked by hischildren why he is going to defend Tom Robinson Atticus says, ". . . if I didn't I couldn't hold upmy head in town [Lee, Harper pg 75]." In the same conversation Atticus shows his respect forthe black community when he tells Scout "Don't say nigger [Lee, pg 75]." When Scout says thatpeople at school say it all the time Atticus replies "From now on it'll be everyone less one [Lee,pg 75]." Jem shows that he has learned respect when Scout finds a roly-poly bug. Scout wants tosquish the bug but, Jem says not to, "Because they don't bother you . . . [Lee, pg 241]." Byrespecting himself and others Atticus teaches his children to do the same. If Atticus didn't showrespect to Tom Robinson, he wouldn't be able to have any respect for himself. He accepts thecase not only to help Tom but to teach his own children and other people in the town aboutrespect. Atticus doesn't want his children to be disrespectful because if they are than people willnot respect them. The main lesson about respect Atticus teaches his kids is, do unto others as youwould have them do unto you.Atticus also teaches his children to always try their best to do what is right. When Scoutasks Atticus why he is going to defend Tom Robinson even though he knows he is going to loseAtticus says "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason forus not to try to win [Lee, pg 76]." Miss Maudie says to Jem after the trial, "did it ever strike youthat Judge Taylor naming Atticus to defend that boy was no accident? That Judge Taylor mighthave had his reasons for naming him? [Lee, pg 215]" Atticus says that if he didn't defend TomRobinson, "I couldn't go to church and worship...

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