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To Kill A Mocking Bird Atticus Being A Good Fath

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that teaches all people the wonders of human nature. Atticus for example shows many characters throughout the novel, but his greatest aspect is his ability to parent. Although Atticus's relatives disagree with his method of raising Scout and Jem, he believes that there is no better teacher than life itself. Even if he allows these things to occur, Atticus still is able to influence the children by his actions. Throughout the novel, Atticus shows courage, respect for everyone and everything, and as well as sympathy and understanding. From his actions as well as life itself, Atticus remains the father figure in the novel. The first lesson that is taught to the children is the meaning of respect. At the beginning of the novel, the children are influenced by their surroundings and as a result, believe that Boo Radley is somewhat of a monster or a ghost. Dill being curious, involves Scout and Jem in a game to act out Boo's life. Seeing no harm in a little game, Atticus ignores them and hopes they would become bored it, but once they decided to go a little further to approach Boo's house, Atticus stops them immediately. Atticus brings them in and lectures them of being respectful even to Boo. Later on in the story, Jem loses his temper defending Atticus from Mrs. Dubose's taunts. This leads to Jem chopping off the heads of Mrs. Dubose's camellias. Once Jem reaches home, he sees Atticus in the room holding the heads of the camellia plants. At this point, Atticus is not furious and does not want to harm Jem, but just to apologize and try to do Mrs. Dubose's biddings until he is forgiven. "'Read to her?' 'Yes sir. She wants me to come every afternoon after school on Saturdays and read to her out loud for two hours. Atticus, do I have to?' 'Certainly.' ' But she wants me to do it for a month.' 'Then you'll do it for a month'"(Lee, 110). Here we see that even though Atticus treats this lightly, he is firm with his decisions. He believes that even if Mrs. Dubose does make rude comments about Atticus, she has a right to and should still be respected as a human being. Now, Atticus does not only respect human beings, but he also respects all living creatures. He too believes they should be treated with fairness. "Mocking birds don't do one thing but to make music for us to enjoy. They do not eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee, 94). One sees here that Atticus is a kind and fair man. Later in the book, we see Jem to pick up this certain trait when he stops Scout from squashing a poor bug. During the hardest times in the book, Atticus is still able to show sympathy and understanding. In the trial, Atticus examines Mayella Ewell on the supposed rape by Tom Robinson. After the trial, even when Atticus as well as the rest of the crowd knows Tom is innocent, Atticus did not lash out and point fingers....

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