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Mirrors Of Us Essay

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Who people turn out to be is a reflection of who they had as a role model. Albert Schweitzer stated that “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” Therefore, who Scout and Jem are has to do with the examples they had set for them. Aunt Alexandra, Calpurnia, and Atticus, however different, all played important roles in the formation of Jem and Scouts’ character.
A role model in the lives of Scout and Jem is Aunt Alexandra. She is their father’s, Atticus, sister. It is clear that Jem and Scout do not have the best feelings towards their aunt, hence their reactions when she reveals that she is there to stay. “For a while in Maycomb meant anywhere ...view middle of the document...

She wants Scout and Jem to be the best that they can be. When she brought them to her church, she made sure they were dressed well and were clean. She wants the same as Aunt Alexandra wants for them, and that is for them to grow up to be a gentleman and a lady. Nevertheless, she has a different way of showing it. While Aunt Alexandra scolds them and tells them that they are of a higher class, Calpurnia asks them to dress a certain way and reprimands them when it is needed. She has a family of her own, but she will always be there for them when they need it and vice versa.
Atticus is by far the most significant role model in Jem and Scout’s life. He is their father and therefore they look up to him with respect and try to follow the example that he has led for them. Since he is a lawyer, he is not always there. However, he still tries to teach his children right from wrong. He is unlike Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra in that he does not punish them when they do wrong. Instead, he expects them to try and that is all he asks. That is why during Christmas, after Scout beat up Francis and Uncle Jack asked Atticus why he never laid a hand on Scout, he said “she knows I know...

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