Teaching Children Values In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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“I don’t have to listen to you because you’re not the boss of me.” Many little kids often think that they don’t have to listen to other people or do what they are told, which is how Scout was in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird. She continued this kind of defiance until Atticus, her dad, began to change it. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee and is about a young girl, Scout, who grows up in the small town of Maycomb in the 1930’s. Scout is the daughter of Atticus and her brother’s name is Jem. Throughout the book, Atticus tries to raise Scout and Jem into the best people they can be. Knowledge, honesty, and kindness are the three values that Atticus strived to pass down to his children.
The first value Atticus strived to pass down was knowledge. He told Scout to stay in school so that she could get a quality education. Atticus told her that if she wanted to live a successful life full of happiness then she needed a quality education so she would be able to get a nice job. “We’ll consider it sealed with the usual formality” (Lee 31). He made a deal with Scout that if she stayed in school then he would continue to read to her. She was confused as to why some people acted the way that they did because it wasn’t the same as the way her family acted. Scout asked her father why and he told her about a variety of families in Maycomb and explained that they act the way that they do because that’s how their particular families had been raised. Scout was then able to understand more clearly why they acted different because she knew that they had a certain reason for doing the things that they did. Atticus taught his children man life lessons, lessons like how to act around people and also how to make good decisions. These particular lessons helped Scout and Jem better understand the appropriate way to act in different situations.
Honesty was another value that Atticus strived to pass down to his children. He always wanted Scout and Jem to be honest with people and tell the truth. He didn’t want them to be dishonest with anyone even if it was hard to tell the truth. Atticus said, “The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this country in legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem to do something again” (Lee 75). Scout wondered why Cecil Jacobs made fun of Atticus for defending black...

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